Day 23 of the FIFA World Cup will see the start of the Quarter Finals, as the tournament whittles its 8 remaining sides down to 4. It all starts at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium with Uruguay taking on France.
What’s their current form?
Uruguay strolled through their group matches, winning all 3 and keeping a clean sheet in each match. They beat Egypt 1-0, Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Russia 3-0. They then beat Portugal 2-1 in the Round of 16 thanks to a pair of goals from Cavani.
France cruised into the knockout stage, albeit via fortunate first round win against Australia, where an own goal by the Socceroos in the final 10 minutes handed the French a 2-1 victory. They they did enough to beat Peru 1-0 before holding Denmark to a scoreless draw. They then had a highly entertaining and great quality battle with Argentina, scoring a 4-3 victory. Kylian Mbappe bagging two goals in the space of 5 minutes got his side home.
Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Bentancur, Torreira; Rodriguez, Arrascaeta, Suarez; Cavani.
France: Lloris; Mendy, Varane, Rami, Pavard; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Mbappe, Lemar, Griezmann.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Uruguay is undefeated in 2018, however France shifted up a gear in their last clash. The winner here has to take on one of either Brazil or Belgium in thee Semi Final.
What should I be betting on?
France to win this. Expect both sides to get on the board too.
Uruguay and France meet in the first quarter final and with only 8 teams remaining – everyone is a chance of claiming World Cup glory. France are coming off an emphatic 4-3 win over Argentina while Uruguay sent Ronaldo on an earlier than expected vacation with a 2-1 win. Uruguay have won their last 7 matches and conceded just once in that stretch. Godin and Giminez have been stalwarts at the back but keeping out the French will be some task. France have scored multiple goals in 9 of their last 12 matches and were deadly on the counter against Messi and co. Mbappe produced one of the performances of the tournament and it is hard to see either side taking a back seat. Like France, the South Americans know how to find the back of the net. They have scored at least once in 13 of their last 14 World Cup matches and it would take a brave person to back against that streak. The duo of Suarez and Cavani have combined for 5 goals and 1 assists with their counterparts (Mbappe and Griezmann) responsible for 5 of France’s 7 goals. They will go goal for goal and The Wolf cannot wait!
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 5pm (local time) on July 6. In Australia, kick-off will be at midnight on July 7th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides will have all their stars available.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 7 games between these sides, with France scoring just 1 win to Uruguay’s 2, while 4 games have been drawn. Their last meeting was in 2013, where Uruguay scored a 1-0 victory.