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World Cup Quarter Final Tips – Friday 6th July
by the Cheeky Punter
We’re now getting down to the crunch time in the World Cup, it’s the quarter finals and we’ve got two to enjoy on Friday.
Deciding the semi-final on this side of the draw we’ve got Uruguay v France and Brazil v Belgium… never have I been more pleased England are in the other side of the draw.
Uruguay were impressive against Portugal in their last match and for the first time the Suarez/Cavani partnership was in full flow. France also found their form in what was an incredible round of 16 clash with Argentina. This one promises to be a belter.
The second game on Friday night promises to be a real cracker as well as two of the most celebrated attacking teams in the World Cup, Belgium and Brazil, meet in Kazan. Brazil coming through their game with Mexico relatively comfortably, but Belgium were pushed all the way against Japan, coming back superbly from 2-0 down to clinch a 3-2 win.
Below are my tips and predictions for both World Cup quarter finals on Friday 6th July.
2018 World Cup Tips: Friday 6th July
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Uruguay won Group A with maximum points before defeating Portugal 2-1. They have scored seven goals and conceded just one at the World Cup so far.
France topped Group B with seven points and then knocked out Argentina 4-3 in the Round of 16. They have also scored seven goals conceding four.
Matuidi is suspended for France having picked up two yellow cards in the tournament. Cavani of Uruguay and Mbappe of France are their countries top scorers with 3 goals apiece.
Game between these two teams have been very tight. France have won one, Uruguay two with four draws, all by a 0-0 scoreline including two at the 2002 and 2010 World Cup Finals.
France’s attacking brilliance finally came to the fore against Argentina where a brilliant display from Kylian Mbappe in particular inspired the French to a stunning and richly deserved 4-3 win over Argentina in one of the most exciting Round of 16 matches in World Cup history.
The brilliant youngster, still a teenager became the first teen since Pele in 1958 to score twice in a World Cup match and he also won the penalty for France that opened the scoring. He is certain to give the outstanding Uruguayan centre-back pairing of Godin and Giminez a real test.
However, Uruguay will be quietly confident. France have not beaten them since 1985 and in their last game, Uruguay won 1-0 in 2013. They have what is the best defence in the tournament so far and in Suarez and Cavani, two strikers that can unlock any defence in the world, as they did so effectively against Portugal in the last round.
While I’d love this game to be as exciting as France’s last encounter, Uruguay won’t be anywhere near as poor defensively as Argentina and I can see this one going into extra time, but I do think France will just about scrape it, however I think the draw at full time is the smart bet here.
Brazil came through their group finishing top with 7 points and then defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 to earn a quarter finals spot.
Belgium have won all four of their games in the World Cup thus far, including a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday.
Neither team has any players on a suspension for this game and so both managers have a full squad to select from.
The teams have met four times in the past, Brazil winning three and Belgium one. They met in the 2002 World Cup last, Brazil winning the game 2-0.
Friday night sees one of the mouth-watering clashes between two of the most talented attacking teams at the World Cup as South American World Cup favourites, Brazil take on European pretenders and multi-talented Belgium in what promises to be one of the World Cup’s great games, in a World Cup packed full of great games.
Brazil came through relatively easily against Mexico in their Round of 16 tie, goals from Neymar and Firmino late on handing them a 2-0 win. Belgium’s progress was even more dramatic as they fell 2-0 down to Japan but staged a remarkable fightback, levelling the game at 2-2 before Nacer Chadli, another substitute, snatched a 94th minute winner.
The similarities between the teams are remarkable. Both defences are generally solid, especially Brazil and both attacks have scored plenty of goals (Belgium have notched 11 in four games at the World Cup) and on paper at least, it promises to be a game packed with incident and attacking flair.
As for who will win, Brazil will start as the favourites but in truth, I have been more impressed with Belgium than Brazil at this World Cup and I think that comeback win over Japan will have them believing. If one team has the raw talent to match Brazil it is Belgium and so, I am going to go against the grain here and back Belgium to cause a big shock to make the semi-finals.
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