France defence not to concede during Group Stage of World Cup 2014?
There is another great World Cup 2014 betting offering which has been fired up by Ladbrokes, as the online bookmaker turns their attention to France. Four years ago at South Africa 2010, all the French did was argue and finish bottom of their group, a group which they were expected to win. However, redemption could be in their sights and the outright odds on them lifting the title at Brazil 2014 has trimmed, the nearer the kick off has drawn.
Online betting site Ladbrokes currently have them priced up as 20/1 to win World Cup 2014, with only Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain and Belgium priced shorter than them.
France play in Group E alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras at World Cup 2014, and Ladbrokes are running a special price of 25/1 that France, coached by Didier Deschamps, will manage to get through all of their group stage matches without conceding a single goal. While their their recent visits to the World Cup have been far from perfect defensively, it could be a different story this time around.
France only conceded six goals in eight qualification matches, and they did well in limiting Spain to just one goal in each of their meetings (1-1 draw and a 1-0 loss for the French). France, helped by a five goal haul by Franck Ribery, netted one more goal than the Spaniards managed in Group I of World Cup qualification too. With Hugo Lloris between the sticks, one of the best keepers in the world, they seem to have a pretty solid foundation behind them to lay down a challenge at the World Cup 2014.
There is a pattern emerging in the recent French World Cup history. After taking their win in 1998, they were knocked out in the group stage four years later. They bounced back with another appearance in the final in 2006, and again, four years later, they were knocked out in the group stage. So if that trend continues, a path to the final lies in wait for them.
There is a heavy Premier League presence in the French defensive corps, with Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna, Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho and Laurent Koscielny along with Lloris. The French are trading as 4/5 shots to win World Cup Group E, and weighing up the value of the 25/1 shot on France not to concede, well they are facing three relatively low scoring sides.
Les Bleus should go relatively untroubled against Ecuador and Honduras, so that would leave their toughest challenge being Switzerland. The Swiss netted 17 goals during World Cup qualifying, but being in one of the weakest qualification group, the fact that they didn’t score more is probably an indicator that they aren’t that explosive. While Switzerland are one of the best up and coming European nations, will they be able to trouble the French?
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