World Cup Quarterfinal: Injuries and Suspensions Bettors Should Know
Getty Images. Pictured: Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani
- Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (calf) is out for Friday's World Cup quarterfinal matchup against France.
- France (Matuidi), Brazil (Casemiro) and Sweden (Lustig) each have one player suspended for the quarterfinal round.
*Latest update from Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET
France vs. Uruguay (Friday, 10 a.m. ET)
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is suspended for the match after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament in the Round of 16 vs. Argentina.
Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani (calf) was subbed off last match after scoring two goals to beat Portugal. There’s no muscle tear but he’s ruled OUT for the quarterfinal against France.
French players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Paul Pogba, Corintin Tolisso, Olivier Giroud, Benjamin Pavard.
Uruguayan players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Rodrigo Bentancur.
Odds outlook: France are +102 to win in regulation, roughly a 50% win probability, but would see their chances improve if Cavani is unavailable for Uruguay. His status will have the biggest odds impact of any injury during the quarterfinal.
Brazil vs. Belgium (Friday 2 p.m. ET)
Brazil will be without Casemiro (suspension) after the integral midfielder picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against Mexico.
Defenders Marcelo (back) and Danilo (thigh) look like they could make it back in the lineup after missing out the Round of 16. Douglas Costa (hamstring) has returned to training and could give them a speedy outside option off the bench if healthy.
Brazilian players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Felipe Luis.
Belgium have no suspensions to worry about in the quarterfinal and also seem to be pretty healthy, although most players are surely dealing with some minor aches and pains.
Belgian players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen, Youri Tielemans, Leander Dendoncker.
Odds outlook: Marcelo returning to the lineup would help Brazil’s chances, but no Casemiro in the middle hurts them a bit. Just in terms of available healthy players, Belgium have the upper hand, but Brazil are the clear favorites to advance (-170).
England vs. Sweden (Saturday 10 a.m. ET)
On the right side of defense, Sweden will be without Mikael Lustig, who is suspended after receiving his second yellow of the tournament vs. Switzerland in the Round of 16. Emil Krafth could fill in after coming on as his substitute in that victory.
Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is eligible to play after serving his suspension, but he’s very much questionable with a head injury that happened in the final group match against Mexico.
Swedish players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal.
England managed to get through a physical, chippy game against Colombia in the Round of 16 without major injuries, but forward Jamie Vardy (groin) may not be available off the bench after re-aggravating a previous issue.
There’s also a number of players with minor knocks including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Ashley Young and Kyle Walker. They have no suspensions to deal with.
English players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Kyle Walker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard.
Odds outlook: Lustig is one of Sweden’s higher-rated players on a defensive-minded team, but his absence won’t affect the line. England are sizable -250 favorites to advance with Sweden listed at +220, but those odds are probably a bit too high.
Croatia vs. Russia (Saturday 2 p.m. ET)
Neither Croatia or Russia have any players suspended for this match.
For Croatia, Ivan Strinic is a doubt after coming off the field against Denmark last outing.
Russia’s Alan Dzagoev (hamstring) could return to the lineup in the middle of the park after not appearing in the Round of 16 vs. Spain. Yuri Zhirkov was subbed off last match and is doubtful for Saturday vs. Croatia.
Croatian players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Sime Vrsaljko, Tin Jedvaj, Marco Pjaca.
Russian players that will be suspended for the semifinal if they pick up another yellow card: Aleksandr Golovin, Fyodor Smolov, Yuri Gazinskiy, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Zobnin.
Odds outlook: Croatia are slight favorites but can be found at plus-money (+126), while Russia are +300. The public will likely be backing Croatia again, even though Russia have the home-field advantage.