France Installed as Bookies’ Favourites for the 2018 World Cup

Ivy C
By: Ivy C

France beat Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novogorod on July 6th and booked their place in the final four of the 2018 World Cup. Didier Deschamp’s side went into the tie as slight favourites and edged out a combative Uruguay side with Fernando Muslera’s costly error giving Les Bleus a huge helping hand.

Following the final whistle, Betfair made France 2/1 favourites for the tournament and they are odds-on at 10/11 to reach the final which will be held in Moscow on July 15th. Following their defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, they will be desperate to bounce back and wrap up some silverware.

France vs Belgium Predictions

It will be France’s first semi-final appearance since 2006 when Zinedine Zidane’s solitary goal was enough to send them through to the final before losing on penalties to Italy.

They haven’t been completely convincing so far in Russia and they put in a number of laboured performances during the group stages which attracted criticism from some fans. Despite conceding three goals against Argentina, they’ve always looked capable of going up a gear. They have netted nine times so far with Antoine Griezmann responsible for a third of those strikes.

They have an abundance of talent in their squad and will be confident of beating Belgium and booking their place in the showpiece event.

Uruguay’s lack of Plan B is a Huge Concern

Edison Cavani watched on from the sidelines but the PSG-striker was unable to do anything about his side’s lack of threat in the final third. Luis Suarez and Cristhian Stuani looked like a pair of strikers who have rarely played together and there was a clear disconnect between the pair. The ever-industrious Suarez failed to register a single shot-on-target during the 90 minutes.

Oscar Tabarez’s side have a superb starting XI but they lack squad depth and Cavani’s unfortunate injury proved to be a huge setback. They bow out of the tournament having only conceded three goals and will leave Russia with tremendous credit. They will turn their attention to the 2019 Copa America which will be held in Brazil.