France v South Africa Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Tuesday, 22nd June (Group A)
The scenario for both France and South Africa is clear. Both need a good win, and both need someone to turn out victorious in the other Group A match of Mexico v Uruguay. Not only that, because France and South Africa have poor goal differences, they would also need Mexico or Uruguay to win quite heavily. It doesn’t paid a pretty, or a hopeful picture for either, but neither side are doing their own hopes much favours at the moment. It is Les Miserables for the French at the moment, after they suffered a bruising defeat against Mexico in their second group match. There was further bad news for the French, after a dressing room bust up at half time, which resulted in Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka firing off a tirade of expletives at his coach, apparently. Anelka was subsequently sent home after refusing to apologise. This was all because, according to Domenech, Anelka had been wandering out of position and was the cause of the problems with the team. It seems a little harsh as the other twelve players who took part in the match on the night, didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory.
In a way, it is a fitting end to the reign of Raymond Domenech, who has never been a popular figure with French fans, nor, at times, the French players themselves. He is a controversial figure, and many believe he was never the right choice in the first place to take charge of the national side. It is all coming to an end though for Domenech, as Laurent Blanc takes over at the end of the World Cup. There have been reports that Domenech had a bust up with Anelka’s Chelsea team mate Florent Malouda on the training ground, a player who Domenech has not shown a lot of faith in. The Chelsea winger had to sit on the bench for their opening fixture as Domenech tinkered with the team again. Domenech also decided to drop Yoann Gourcuff from the starting eleven against Mexico, even though the youngster is regarded to be the most creatively influential ace in their midfield pack. The quality of players France have in their squad, suggests that they are capable of so much more, and this could be a very sorry ending to their World Cup dreams.
France World Cup betting. Should France beat South Africa? You would look at their FIFA rankings and the competitive football which has been played over the last twelve months and you would still have to say yes. If a team is going to edge the match on quality then it will be France. But are the players really interested? They will miss Toulalan, who is suspended, and who knows what Domenech will do for the final match. He may even drop more of his stars, just to make a statement. If the game comes down to heart and playing for a bit of pride, then France may again, leave the match empty handed. They would probably be happy with a draw, if they cared, so find something that reflects that, like a short Asian Handicap, or straight outright draw.
France World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W0, D1, L1
Cards: Y5, R0
Most Shots: Nicolas Anelka, 8
Top Scorer: N/A
Shots/On Goal: 31/7
Fouls Committed: 43
Total Passes: 1013
Pass Completion: 69%
South Africa have not lived up to the expectations of a host nation, but maybe they have fulfilled exactly what was expected of them. The Bafana Bafana, coached by Carlos Alberto Parreira, were expected to have their hands full before the World Cup started, but after they took a point out of their opening match, expectations naturally began to rise. Lo and behold, they had a point, and they were actually ahead in the match, but after a crushing 3-0 defeat by Uruguay in their second match, it seems as if that opening night was fuelled mainly be adrenalin. South Africa looked completely out of their depth against Uruguay, for who, ex Manchester United striker Diego Forlan hit a brace. The Bafana Bafana were simply not at the races on that night, and the defeat has left then scrapping it out for the wooden spoon along with France in Group A. Mathematically they can still qualify, but the need to beat France well for starters, and even that is hard to see happening. Even though France look dejected and falling apart at the seams, the quality in depth in South African football is not there, and that was as clear as day against Uruguay.
The Bafana Bafana will play with a lot of heart in their final group match, hoping to give the home crowds something to cheer about. It is this alone which may be able to raise them up to get the win over a downtrodden French side, but as with any football match, you still need the quality to pull it off. There is an air of parity about this match, France edging the quality, South Africa edging the passion. Put it all together and you will probably have a draw, even though both teams should be going for gold and hoping that a win, which offers a slight chance of qualification, will come their way .This is the World Cup after all, and there are bound to be some more twists. South Africa, if they fail, will become the first host nation ever to not make it to the second round of the tournament. That is a cruel claim to fame for them to have on their shoulders, as they are a nation with heart and pride. Sadly, the football standards, simply are not good enough.
South Africa World Cup betting. If the French cannot pick themselves up off the floor, then South Africa have every chance of nicking this one. They will probably be the liveliest of the two, so look at a Draw No Bet on them may be worth a look at. Otherwise find a nice Asian handicap, probably around no more than +1 for some decent value, and hope that they can at least get a draw out of the proceedings and leave the competition with their heads held high.
South Africa World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W0, D1, L1
Cards: Y4, R0
Most Shots: Three players, 4
Top Scorer: Siphiwe Tshabalala
Shots/On Goal: 19/8
Fouls Committed: 31
Total Passes: 931
Pass Completion: 73%
France v South Africa Betting Odds
Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Not too much in terms of decent value floating around on this one, simply because the bookmakers are unsure of which France is going to turn up. France should still edge the match from a betting point of view, but they still don’t have a lot of goals in them. So backing South Africa in a plus may be a bit safer than taking France as a minus.
South Africa +0.50 for 8/11 at Paddy Power
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