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Uruguay v France World Cup Preview - Full fitness is key for this blockbuster clash

Rippa Staff 5 Jul 2018
  • Uruguay will be sweating on the fitness of Edinson Cavani 
  • Uruguay has been impressive throughout this World Cup
  • Can France advance to the semifinals? 

There are concerns over Uruguay as they are set to take on France in the first World Cup quarterfinal on Friday, July 6 (Saturday AEST) at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. 

Uruguay v France kicks off at 12.00am AEST on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on SBS in Australia. 

Prediction 


Match Preview 


France has looked shaky at times throughout this World Cup but has still managed to play their way into the quarterfinals. A 2-1 victory over Australia, 1-0 victory against Peru and a 0-0 draw with Denmark didn’t exactly inspire confidence in this French side, however, they really raised their level against Argentina. 

Kylian Mbappe was the difference maker for the French, scoring in the 64th and 68th minute. The Argentinan 2-1 lead evaporated in a matter of minutes, as France finished with a 4-3 victory. 

Uruguay has been flawless, winning all four matches and conceding only one goal. The Uruguayan defence has been rock solid, they went 597 minutes without conceding a goal before Pepe scored for Portugal in the 55th minute. 

Uruguay suffered a blow with their star forward Edinson Cavani injuring his calf in the 74th minute of their 2-1 victory against Portugal. The Uruguay team has since confirmed there is no tear in the half, however, Cavani is still not near 100 percent and sat out the full training session on Tuesday. 

“I include myself in the three million Uruguayans waiting for Edi,” Luis Suarez said on Tuesday. “I know it’s complicated because the injury isn’t easy and because there are few days left to recover, but I know that the desire, the attitude and the commitment he’ll have to be there.” 

Things went from bad to worse for Uruguay, as Luis Suarez himself, limped off the pitch midway through the training session. Suarez would return, however it cannot fill Uruguayans will confidence. 

Stats

  • France and Uruguay have both remained undefeated over this World Cup 
  • Uruguay have a +6 goal differential 
  • France have a +3 goal differential 

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Uruguay v France World Cup Preview - Full fitness is key for this blockbuster clash

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