France vs Uruguay
France and Uruguay lock horns at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday as the first of the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals gets under way.
Les Bleus come into the game having already overcome South American opposition in the last 16, defeating Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a seven-goal thriller.
Uruguay, meanwhile, booked their place in the last eight by beating a Portugal side headed up by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Things won’t get much easier for either side afterwards, with a semi-final match-up against either Brazil or Belgium awaiting the victor en route to the final.
France vs Uruguay Live Stream
Game Uruguay vs France Date Friday, July 6 Time 3pm BST / 10am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Squads & Team News Position Uruguay players Goalkeepers Muslera, Campana, M. Silva Defenders Godin, Gimenez, G. Silva, Varela, Caceres, Coates, Pereira Midfielders C. Sanchez, Bentancur, Vecino, Torreira, Nandez, Rodriguez, De Arrascaeta, Laxalt Forwards Suarez, Stuani, Gomez, Urretaviscaya, Cavani
Uruguay have concerns lingering over Edinson Cavani, who was their hero against Argentina, after the Paris Saint-Germain striker sustained a hamstring strain. The 31-year-old is in a race against time to prove his fitness for the game and could be replaced in the starting XI by Cristhian Stuani.
Luis Suarez also picked up a knock in the game against Argentina, but the Barcelona man is expected to be available.
Potential Uruguay XI: Muslera; Laxalt, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres; Bentancur, Torreira, Vecino, Nandez; Stuani, Suarez.
Position France players Goalkeepers Lloris, Mandana, Areola Defenders Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Umtiti, Rami, Sidibe, Hernandez, Mendy Midfielders Pogba, Lemar, Tolisso, Kante, Matuidi, Nzonzi Forwards Griezmann, Giroud, Fekir, Mbappe, Thauvin, Dembele
Didier Deschamps may opt to start with Olivier Giroud in attack in order to occupy Uruguay’s centre-backs, meaning Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe would line up either side of him in a 4-3-3.
Blaise Matuidi is suspended for the game, meaning Corentin Tolisso is likely to come into the midfield.
Potential France XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Tolisso, Pogba; Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
Betting & Match Odds
After making light work of Argentina, France are evens favourites to win according to dabblebet. Uruguay are rated 10/3 to win and a draw, which would see the game go to extra time, is an 11/5 bet.
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The battle at Nizhny Novgorod sees two former world champions go head to head, but the stature of the two teams stands in stark contrast, with France considered heavy favourites to progress.
Les Bleus topped Group C with relative ease, but Deschamps and his charges drew plenty of criticism in the process for the unconvincing nature of their performances. However, those critiques dissipated somewhat after their sensational Mbappe-inspired victory over Argentina in the last 16, which saw the Europeans take their level up a gear.
In Uruguay, France come up against another South American opponent, but one that takes a markedly different approach to the game than the Argentines.
With the likes of Godin and Jose Gimenez at the back, Oscar Tabarez’s team is built on a solid defensive foundation – one that allows them to work off the counter-attack by quickly getting the ball forward to the likes of Suarez.
If they are to overcome the defiant Celeste, France will need to pick up where they left off in their last outing, otherwise, they could be in for a long, attritional game.