France may have won Group C but was not impressive. In fact their three games left a lot to be desired. And called into serious question their true merits. Les Bleus arrived as a Betting the World Cup favorite. But after scoring three goals in three Group C matches doubts were a plenty. It seemed as if France was all hype. Many pointed out the 2016 Euro failure on home turf. And the less than consistent qualification record. But on a single day the French shut everyone up. And showed the ability they were said to always have.
2018 FIFA World Cup France vs. Uruguay
Date and Time: Friday, July 6, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
World Cup Betting Online Odds:
|France||-½ (-102)||2 (+102)|
|Uruguay||+½ (-113)||2 (-117)|
France vs. Uruguay TV Coverage: FS1
France is on a roll
In the Round of 16 France exploded. Everything clicked. The cream rose to the top. Les Blues defeated Lionel Messi and Argentina 4-3. It was a true landmark moment. The one that everyone has waited years for. Lethargic Group C play was forgiven. As well as forgotten. Now Les Bleus appear justified as Betting the World Cup chalks. For this young team it was an arrival. Kylian Mbappe scored twice. Mbappe became the first teen ager since Pele to score two goals in a match. Which was all the way back in 1958.
Manger Didier Deschamps is the longest serving coach in team history. He has caught his share of grief for Les Bleus erratic ways. But he has also had the courage to gamble on youth. Deschamps is betting on the upside. And that on the job training will be a great investment. The win over Argentina was the big payoff.
Uruguay was the sportsbook winner of an admittedly weak Group A. They mucked through 1-0 triumphs over Egypt and Saudi Arabia. But then bombed Russia 3-0. With that La Celeste clinched the Group A title. Uruguay’s strength is their defense. It enabled them to continue to play well when Luis Suarez missed four qualification matches. The stout defense proved its worth against a Russian team that was on fire offensively.
La Celeste in Round 16
But La Celeste’s big moment came in the Round of 16. The 2-1 win over highly regarded Portugal served notice. Uruguay earned their bona fides just as France did. Ronaldo was shut out. Uruguay’s stifling team defense proved superior. The World’s greatest player could not overcome it.
Uruguay Manager Oscar Tabarez is one of the great minds of the game. His meticulous defensive tactics have given his team a unique identity. Opponents have found great frustration in going up against the powerful La Celeste unit. Tabarez doesn’t just have the team lay back passively. His is an attacking defense. Opponents are punished. Mistakes are forced. It’s a dynamic force of nature.
Matchup to Watch
As well as Uruguay has played France will be difficult. Argentina was exposed as to reliant upon Messi. France has depth that few squads possess. Their multitude of weapons adds to opposition peril. Skill Depth is Les Bleus Betting the World Cup matchup advantage.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Look for France to win a highly competitive match.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: France
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: France 1, Uruguay 0