France vs Uruguay Preview

November 19, 2018
By: Daniel Orme

World champions France will be aiming to get back to winning ways on Tuesday evening as they take on a struggling Uruguay side at the Stade de France in a friendly.

Didier Deschamps’ men come into the clash off the back off a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in UEFA Nations League action. It was the first time that Les Bleus had tasted defeat since a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Colombia in March 2018. Meanwhile, the visitors will be looking to get back on track after suffering three consecutive defeats, the latest being a slim 1-0 loss to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium last time out.

France are clear favourites to earn victory and can be backed at 1/2 with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Uruguay possess odds of 11/2 to earn their first ever win against France on French soil, whilst a draw sits at 3/1.

One aspect that will give the French the edge is Uruguay’s porous defence in recent months. Under Oscar Tabarez, La Celeste have conceded eight goals in their last four games. Consequently, France to score two plus goals in the game can be backed at 3/4 with Coral.

Despite the hosts aiming to take advantage of Uruguay’s poor recent form, history does not suggest that supporters will be treated to a thriller at the Stade de France. The two teams have an even all-time record between them having both claimed two wins and four draws. In all that time, the most popular result has been 0-0, having occurred on four occasions. The odds of this happening again on Tuesday evening is at 8/1 with William Hill.

The last clash between the two could give clues as to how this clash will play out. Coming together in the FIFA World Cup, France ran out 2-0 winners. This eventuality is at 6/1 with BetVictor.

Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann both scored that day and the latter is once again one of the favourites to open the scoring against Uruguay and can be backed at 4/1 with Coral. Meanwhile, defender Varane is down at 30/1. Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani is the favourite to get the first goal from a Uruguayan perspective with odds of 7/1.

Tabarez will have confidence from the fact that his squad has a clean bill of health. Deschamps, meanwhile, has stars such as Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Mendy all ruled out due to injury. The likes of Mamadou Sakho, Djibril Sidibe and Moussa Sissoko could all be called into the side as replacements.

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