France and Uruguay are to play in the second match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in their Group A encounter.
The two sides will both be looking for three points that will see a huge boost to their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 following South Africa’s draw with Mexico earlier today.
Uruguay Starting XI
Uruguay will start with the following eleven players:
Muslera, Victorino, Lugano, Godin, Pereira, Maxi Pereira, Perez, Arevalo Rios, Gonzalez, Forlan, Suarez
Castillo, Silva, Fucile, Scotti, Caceres, Gargano, Eguren, Lodeiro, Fernandez, Cavani, Abreu, Sebastian Fernandez
France Starting XI
France start with the following lineup:
Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Abidal, Evra, Govou, Gourcuff, Toulalan, Diaby, Ribery, Anelka
Mandanda, Carrasso, Reveillere, Planus, Squillaci, Clichy, Malouda, Diarra, Valbuena, Cisse, Gignac, Henry
The match is refereed by Yuici Nishimura of Japan.
Uruguay v France Preview
France qualified by the finest of margins and the team and, in particular, the outgoing coach Raymond Domenech, have met with widespread criticism at home and abroad for their apparent lack of cohesion despite having an excellent squad.
Uruguay have a number of excellent players, not least Europa League winning former Manchester United player Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid and cannot be discounted.
If France can get a performance from their gifted attacking men, they should win this game 1-0 or 2-0, but expect them to provide one or two straightforward chances to Uruguay’s gifted attack. With that in mind, the talented Lloris may have to produce a great performance to see his side through to a victory.
Expect France to win narrowly, but Uruguay will not let them have it all their own way. This could be a goal fest if there is an early goal, too, as both teams have probably more in attack than in defence.