France odds to win World Cup 2014
What do you do with France for your World Cup betting? Are they are of enough interest to warrant having a bet on? The 1998 champions are once again an enigmatic, moody and broody presence at the World Cup Finals. If they need any incentive to perform then they just have to look back at the 2010 World Cup when they failed to get out of their group, indeed they finished rock bottom after failing to post a win and netting just the one goal in a group which contained South Africa, Uruguay and Mexico. It was a miserable World Cup for them, full of unrest, but they have moved on well from there and could be a decent dark horse shot at Brazil 2014. The talent in the squad is certainly there.
France had a comfortable ride through to the 2014 World Cup finals, finishing second in their qualification group behind Spain, crucially losing 1-0 at home against the Spaniards and only managing a draw away. That sent the French to a play off against the Ukraine and after losing the first leg away 2-0, Didier Deschamps men responded in spectacular fashion back in Paris producing a 3-0 win. If they turn up and play with the force and power and confidence which they did in the second leg, then they will be a handful. It also showed a tremendous amount of fight and spirit, something which was sorely lacking four years ago. The question marks will be from their Jekyll and Hyde performance after losing the first leg.
During 2013 France lost lost some games about some tough opposition, which may be a gauge of them falling short in Brazil. They were beaten by Germany, Uruguay and Brazil in friendly matches, and then there was the home defeat against Spain in the World Cup qualifier, followed by that away defeat in the Ukraine. So it wasn’t a year full of confidence, but they did pick up form towards the end of the year. The defeat in the Ukraine was the only slip-up in a run of five games where they won four and lost one, scoring fifteen goals in that sequence. So they can be a bit hit and miss, opening 2014 with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Saint-Denis.
They have a talented squad though, with Hugo Lloris, one of the best keepers in the world between the sticks, the experience of Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna at the back. In the middle of the park they have a wealth of creative talent from Yohan Cabaye, Franck Ribery, Yoann Gourcuff and Samir Nasri. it is perhaps up front where they do lack a bit of punch, with only Karim Benzema, who has never really performed at this top level and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to really turn to for goals. But when France do click and are in a positive mind set, they play a pretty solid game.
On the surface of things, France have a pretty easy group to handle in Brazil and therefore France odds to win the World Cup receive a boost there. They should be in the knockout stages as they face up to Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland in Group E. The two European nations should be able to make their way through that relatively untroubled. It will be important for the French to win the group though because the runner in Group E would face the winner of Group F, which should be Argentina, who are joint second favourites in the outright winner market for World Cup 2014 betting. Winning the group would probably put them up against Nigeria or Bosnia in the round of sixteen.
So a talented squad and Didier Deschamps has brought a lot more consistency to the nation. However, it is all going to be dependent on which France turns up at Brazil. Karim Benzema can be picked up from anywhere from 25/1 to 40/1 in the Top Goalscorer market and that is pretty indicative of France as a whole. Great on their day, but also capable of putting in a disjointed and dour performances that will just get them nowhere.
So with France odds to win World Cup 2014 at 20/1, they are one of the shorter priced European nations. The mercurial talents are a 4/1 shot to reach the semi finals at Brazil 2014. No-ones really expecting them to get the title, but underestimating them totally will be dangerous.