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FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Finals: Uruguay Vs France - Match Preview

The 2018 World Cup quarter-finals fixture looks something like this: 

 

 

After defeating two of the all-time favourite football giants Argentina and Portugal respectively, France and Uruguay are bound to meet in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

 

 

The 2016 Euro Cup runners-up, France put on a show in the Round of 16 as they defeated Lionel Messi's Argentina 4-3. The spotlight was on the young stars Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who delivered and how!

 

 

However, while scoring against the Uruguay is a task; defending against them is even a bigger one! With the Uruguayan strikers Edinson Cavani (if fit to play) and Luis Suarez just looking for a sliver of a chance to score, the French defenders can't afford to slacken.

 

 

Uruguay on the other hand have their own fears to deal with. While scoring his second goal against Portugal, Cavani suffered a calf injury and has been missing his practice sessions ever since. If Uruguayan coach Oscar Tabarez picks Cristian Rodriguez as a replacement for the Paris Saint-Germain star, it would leave Luis Saurez as the only striker against Les Bleus. 

 

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Possible Line-ups:

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Kante, Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud

Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Stuani, Suarez

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