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World Cup: South America v Europe for two cracking quarterfinals

Date Added: July 06, 2018 07:57:53 PM
Author: David
Category: Competitions: Soccer World Cup
Uruguay and France lock horns at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday, July 6 at 3pm. For those who prefer online betting with bonus codes, France are favourites at 19/20 to win against Uruguay in 90 minutes.

The victor at Nizhny will face the winner of Brazil v Belgium who play at 7pm the same day. Brazil are favourites to see past the Red Devils at the Kazan Arena and reach the semi-final. If Tite’s men meet France in the next round, it will be a repeat of the 1998 World Cup final and 2006 World Cup quarter-final.

England are favourites to beat Sweden at the Samara Arena on Saturday, July 7 at 3pm. The Three Lions have failed to win their last two games in 90 minutes, but they’ll be on a high after their penalty shootout victory over Colombia.

The last quarter-final clash will pit Russia and Croatia together at the Fisht Stadium, with Croatia likely to be favourites but Russia to be boosted by home advantage. The host nation eliminated Spain in the last-16 so they’re no slouches.

As for Uruguay, they shouldn’t be underestimated against France. Óscar Tabárez’s side finished top of Group A with nine points from three games, beating host nation Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt without conceding a single goal. In the last-16, Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1.

The South Americans boast a water-tight defence from Diego Godin and Jose Giminez and have the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani providing the firepower. They’re underdogs ahead of their meeting with France but certainly won’t play like it on Friday.

As for their opponents, France delivered one of their best attacking displays in a 4-3 win over Argentina, but their defensive performance might be a worry. Didier Deschamps’ side finished top of Group C with seven points from a possible nine, conceding just one goal against Denmark, Peru and Australia, but their backline was exposed in the last-16.

Nevertheless, France have won three and drawn one of their four games and boast a squad containing the likes of Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid).

As for Brazil’s meeting with Belgium, the favourites came top in Group E with two wins and a draw and beat Mexico in the last 16. Tite’s side have conceded only one goal in their four games but their opponents are no slouches.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side topped Group G with a perfect record and beat Japan in the last-16 to make it this far. They have really attacking quality in the form of Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

With Brazil boasting a squad containing Alisson, Casemiro, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, they will fancy their chance of getting a result against Belgium. France, Brazil, England and Croatia could be the four sides progressing.

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