France showed in their match versus Argentina that they have the pace and physicality to overwhelm any opponent. Even when they fell behind 2-1 they did not panic, there was always the feeling that there were more goals to come and then France scored 3 goals in 10 minutes to put the game away. 19-year old phenom, Kylian Mbappé dominated the match with blazing speed and an attacking flair that led to a penalty and two goals of his own. Uruguay are a perfect match for France's physical prowess. They were able to contain Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal with expert marking that neutralised Portugal's long balls and aerial attacks. Although Blaise Matuidi is suspended for the match for accumulating too many yellow cards, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté should give France enough quality in the midfield to provide Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Mbappé with service up front that will lead to goal scoring opportunities. France will have to be mindful of their physical style of play, they amassed 21 fouls in their last match and Giroud, Pavard and Pogba are each one yellow card away from facing a match suspension.
Uruguay's hero in the round of 16 was Edinson Cavani, who scored both of Uruguay's goals in the 2-1 victory over Portugal. But Cavani left the match in the 74th minute, hobbled by an apparent calf injury. He has been held out of training all week and is doubtful to play in the quarterfinals which would be a major loss for Uruguay. If Cavani is held out of the squad, the Bulk of the scoring threat upfront will fall to Luis Suárez. Uruguay's defense is stingy, having allowed only 1 goal against so far in this World Cup. Diego Godín is the anchor of Uruguay's defence and will be tasked with keeping Mbappé in check. Uruguay's counter attack is lethal and their finishing is clinical. With only 37% possession and 4 shots on target resulting in 2 goals Uruguay showed that they don't need much time on the ball or space to be dangerous.
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