2018 FIFA World Cup: Day 23

After a two-day break, eight teams remain in the race for World Cup glory as the Quarter Finals get underway. 

Kicking things off with top half is Uruguay vs France with the winner set to play whoever wins the other tie, Brazil vs Belgium. 


Uruguay vs France

World Cup - Round of 16 - Uruguay vs Portugal
Edinson Cavani is set to miss Uruguay’s Quarter Final with a calf injury. (Reuters)

Both Uruguay and France have slowly grown into the tournament so this could very well be a blockbuster. 

In eight previous clashes, four of those games finished as goalless draws which is probably reflective of what lies ahead for both teams, with Uruguay having conceded just once and France scoring seven. 

France have reached this stage on seven previous occasions to Uruguay’s six, with both progressing from five of those matches. 

Uruguay’s last Quarter Final exit however came against West Germany in 1966, who went on to lose to England in that year’s final. Could this match well be the defining moment deciding who wins this tournament?

I reckon it could well be the case with Edinson Cavani a major doubt whilst France are starting to click as a team now. 

If Antoine Griezmann scores, France will win but I can see extra time coming here. 

Prediction: Uruguay 1-2 France AET



Brazil vs Belgium

Title favourites, Brazil and Belgium collide in the second Quarter Final as both teams look to maintain their strong push for the Jules Rimet Trophy. 

Brazil have conceded just once but for me, they don’t seem clinical enough going forward for all of their domination in possession and that will be a worry here against such a dangerous Belgian attack.

The Canararinhas have however won their last three games by 2-0 results, with just one of their goals coming in first half during this run. 

Belgium meanwhile were shaky in defence at times during their 3-2 win over Japan but showed great quality to come back from brink and book their place here.

They will need that quality here because their last two World Cups were ended by South-American opposition, including Brazil in 2002 so will this be third time lucky?

From British perspective, add in the fact that all of Brazil’s games so far have been on ITV then a Belgium victory probably looks more likely knowing my luck for spotting little patterns. 

Although Brazil will be favourites, I am going for a Belgian upset here but it will be tight. 

Prediction: Brazil 1-2 Belgium


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