Djibril Cisse holds World Cup hopes for France

27th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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It will be like sitting down and watching the draw for the  2010 FIFA World Cup itself for the French players hoping to make it to the finals in South Africa. French coach Raymond Domenech will broadcast his squad selection live on French TV. In a break from usual tradition, in which teams are usually announced at press conferences so that questions from the press can be answered, the squad to represent France will be given out on the evening news at the beginning of May. One such player who will be biting his nails in hope, is former Liverpool striker Dibril Cisse.

Cisse has not had a lot of luck when it comes to the major tournaments, as upon his first call up for the 2002 World Cup, France crashed out in the group stages. After missing the 2004 European Championships through suspension, he again suffered a broken leg just before the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and that was after leading Les Blues in scoring during qualification. After being omitted from the squad for Euro 2008, it is a testament to Cisse that he has not given up. Now the striker, plying his trade in Greece with Panathinaikos, looks back to his sharpest best, and his performances have not gone unnoticed by boss Domenech.

Betting on France for the World Cup should be fairly strong, at least for them to win their group. They are in Group A along with hosts South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay after needing a European qualifier to reach the finals, after finishing second in their qualification group to Serbia. Their first match is against Uruguay, and Les Blues will hope to get off to a strong start, as they are not the strongest team, and Domenech has a habit of making unfamiliar and unpredictable changes to his team, which doesn’t help stability at all.

World Cup Betting at Bet365 has France at 18/1 to win the tournament outright, and 10/11 to win Group A.

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