The battle between two contrasting footballing nations set to entertain football fans this upcoming Friday as Uruguay will be battling France in World Cup 2018 quarter finals.
Eliminating Portugal 2-1 in the last 16, La Celeste are aiming to upset another European representative this time around, but Oscar Tabarez’s men are expecting a much tougher task defensively.
In terms of offensive talent, Les Blues notably look more dangerous compared to Selecao das Quinaes, so Uruguay’s back line, commanded by Diego Godin must be at their best for the full 90 minutes or even up to another 30 minutes of extra time.
Aside from potential test at the back, Tabarez’s side are currently sweating on the fitness of their star striker, Edinson Cavani, who was limping off during Uruguay’s win over Portugal, in which the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored all of his team’s goals.
If Cavani’s doesn’t start, La Celeste might be relying more on Luis Suarez, who might be partnered by Cristhian Stuani instead.
Although has been in important part of Uruguay’s front line, the former Napoli’s man potential absence doesn’t bring much of relief for France’s boss, Didier Deschamps, who believes that his opponent will remain dangerous.
Deschamps himself is hoping that his attacking players can maintain or even surpass the performance they put on against Argentina in the last 16.
The absence of Blaise Matuidi due to suspension, might be the only main concern for Les Blues at the moment, but they have enough quality players, who can cover the Juventus man’s absence.
Probable starting line up:
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera(g); Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani/Cristhian Stuani.
France: Hugo Lloris(g); Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Corentin Tolisso; Olivier Giroud.