Suarez World Cup predictions

Uruguay News: Suarez confident of taming Mbappe

1 year ago

In the latest Uruguay news, Luis Suarez says he is confident they will be able to cope with France sensation Kylian Mbappe in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Uruguay started the tournament in slightly shaky fashion with a 1-0 win over Egypt and that was followed up by another narrow 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.

La Celeste looked somewhere close to their best when dispatching host nation Russia 3-0 to go through as Group A winners and that set up a last-16 clash against European champions Portugal.

Oscar Tabarez’s men managed to squeeze into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win but they received a blow as Edinson Cavani, who scored both goals in that match, was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury.

Next up for Uruguay, who are 14/1 with Ladbrokes to win the World Cup, is a clash against France, who knocked out Argentina in the last round in an entertaining 4-3 encounter.

Mbappe scored twice in that game and ran the opposition defence ragged throughout to move on to three goals for the tournament, and he is priced at 8/1 to win the Golden Boot.

Despite the Frenchman’s impressive form, Suarez is adamant Uruguay have enough quality to deal with the forward’s threat and advance to the semi-final stage.

He said: “Everybody knows he’s (Mbappe) a really good player, but I think we have a really good defence to control him.”

Uruguay are 17/5 with Ladbrokes to win the match in 90 minutes, a draw is priced 21/10 while France are 19/20 favourites.

Tabarez is sweating over the fitness of Cavani ahead of Friday’s meeting and Suarez says the team will have to “wait and see” whether the Paris Saint-Germain ace will be fit enough to play.