France v Uruguay Betting Tips & Predictions
The stunning Stade de France provides the backdrop for what promises to be an entertaining international friendly match with France v Uruguay on Tuesday night. Interested parties can follow the action live on Sky Sports and those tuning in are guaranteed an enjoyable 90 minutes as both nations put the finishing touches to their preparations for upcoming tests.
This will be the 10th competitive meeting between the sides and the head-to-head stats tell us it’ll be a close-fought contest. Four of the previous nine have ended in a draw; Uruguay have claimed three wins with France taking the other two. Can the locals, cheered on by a passionate support, close the gap?
Bookmakers think so and have France as favourites at the time of checking; however, there is value to be had and no lack of markets offering it. Place your bets on the match winner; both teams to score; total goals; half-time/full-time and lots more besides. Once the match has started there’s also an abundance of in-play betting opportunities, making this one as lively in the final few minutes as it was before kick-off.
With so much on offer we are spoiled for choice. Having said that, deciding on the best way to invest your stake money can be a bit daunting for less experienced backers. That’s where we come in. Read on as our highly experienced team of football tipsters sift through the form of both nations before reporting back on the best bets and which bookies are offering top value.
France are Flying
We saw the best of France on route to their World Cup 2018 win and they’ve refused to take their foot off the gas since returning from Russia. Competition for places in the starting 11 is at a premium just now and it shows; regulars are pushing hard to keep hold of their spot in the team. Les Bleus recorded that famous win over Croatia in July, waltzing to a 4-2 victory to get their name on the trophy, and they won two and drew two of their next four.
That run started with a 0-0 share with Germany in the Nations League on the road, and it was a match both teams were happy enough to take a point from, given the circumstances and the fact it had been a punishing summer. France returned to winning ways with a 2-1 over Holland next time out in the same tournament, delighting fans inside the Paris venue, Mbappe and Giroud hitting the net. Those strikes came either side of a Babel response and it was a bit of a surprise to see Giroud pop up with the winner, given his drought for both club and country so far this year.
Les Bleus Go from Strength to Strength
A friendly draw with Iceland did little to knock them off their stride, as the world champions got the job done when it mattered most, beating Germany 2-1 last month in a result that sent out a real message of intent to the rest of planet football. We have, so often, seen winners of major titles suffer a hangover, but not France. If anything, they have gone from strength to strength and that hard-fought win over Germany proves it.
Kroos silenced the majority of a 77,300 crowd inside the Stade de France when snatching the opening goal against the run of play on 14 minutes and that left the hosts looking stunned. It took them until 62 to find a response, but it always looked to be coming and Griezmann was the man to get them back on level terms. The attacker proved his class when getting the second to double his tally and win the points, holding his nerve to smash home an 80th minute penalty. That showed real bottle but he’s a big game player and left us in no doubt of that on the major stage.
Uruguay Hammer Mexico
Things have been quite different for Uruguay since they made their return from the World Cup. Following victory over Portugal in the Round of 16 they were eliminated from the competition at the quarter-final stage by none other than France; they suffered a comfortable 2-0 reverse that ended their hopes and helped push their opponents onto the prize. They did bounce back with a stunning 4-1 win over Mexico next time but followed that with a pair of defeats.
Uruguay made a mockery of what was billed as a competitive contest with the Mexicans in September, scoring through Gimenez, Pereiro and a Suarez double; this was more than enough to see off an opponent who never got closer to the result than a Jimenez penalty with 25 minutes on the clock. That kept the sides level for all of seven minutes, before they were once again behind and that’s where they stayed. Deserved winners, Uruguay made a statement, or so we thought.
Two Defeats on the Bounce
Uruguay then lost two games on the bounce; that started with the surprise defeat to Korea Republic away from home. In a competitive contest that swung back and forth, goals from Hwang and Jung made the difference, one either side of a Vecino reply. It was an end-to-end match and the scoreline suggests a game full of chances; however, the three goals were no more than 13 minutes apart and the stats would suggest the right team got the result. Uruguay were wasteful in possession going forward.
Japan heaped on the pressure when taking a 4-3 win at Saitama Stadium in October. The victors had Minamino to thank for a double and goal bonuses were also paid to Osako and Doan, seeing off a spirited fightback, Pereiro, Cavani and Rodriguez scoring to make things interesting. That goes some way to explaining why France have been priced as favourites for the win, backers having to make do with 4/7 (Bet365). That’s our bet and makes more appeal that Uruguay at 6/1 (BetFred), or the draw, 3/1 (BetFred).
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