France – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Captain: Hugo Lloris
FIFA World Ranking: 19
World Cup Appearances: 14
Best World Cup: Winners – 1998
France Team Profile
The 1998 World Cup winners will have high hopes of winning another World Cup in Brazil but once again they needed to come through the UEFA play offs to reach the finals, after finishing behind Spain in the group stage. Maybe to many people’s surprise, France have been trading at one of the shortest prices of all European teams in World Cup 2014 betting, with only Germany, Spain and Belgium shorter odds. Why is that? Why for a nation which underperformed so badly at the last World Cup? It is because they, once again, have a decent crop of players in their ranks and if they could only keep things together in the dressing room and the pitch, they could be a threat.
Their squad is jam-packed with world class quality, and they held Spain to one draw in their two meetings in qualification. Didier Deschamps has brought a lot more balance to the side and they do look to be a side which has goals in it, scoring one more than Spain managed in their qualification group. There really isn’t a bad balance to the squad at all, and the potential is there for them to be one of the dark horses of the competition, because the general perception is that they aren’t a threat. But they could well be, especially having been drawn in a group in which they should easily qualify from. France go up against Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.
They showed a tremendous amount of fight in their play off tie against the Ukraine. After losing the first leg 2-0, the French staged a tremendous fightback in Paris to win 3-0 and reach Brazil 2014. If they use that positive from the second leg, and build from that, and continue what has has been a decent run of form for them, they could go further than many people may think.
Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)
France Key Players
France have a tremendous stopper between the sticks and he is a big part of their pretty good defensive record recently. He is one of the best in the world and reliable, so the French won’t have any concerns about inconsistency back there. The Spurs man is also the captain of the French side and revelling there. He will keep the back line organised in front of him.
France really need the Bayern Munich man firing on all cylinders. A creative, quick and attacking minded player with an eye for goal. He needs no introduction wherever he goes and he one of the best in the world at the moment, highlighted by the fact that he was in the final three for the 2013 Ballon d’Or award. A high proportion of everything France do well as an attacking unit goes through him. Big match winner for them.
The Real Madrid man seems to be one of those players who has been around forever and yet he is still only 26. He has never looked a particularly prolific striker, and after coming under fire by Real Madrid fans in the 2013/14 he simply went on a goal scoring tear, silencing everyone. He has a great shot on him, but needs to shake off his label of being a bit lazy. Needs support but if he gets firing, then France are doing well.
The amount of quality Didier Deschamps has at his disposal is perhaps a bit surprising when you get down the meat of their squad. It is good. Hopefully the nightmare of the 2010 World Cup is well behind them and they will all be in a positive will change in South Africa, only time will tell. They are actually a lot stronger at the back than many people will give them credit for and when you throw in the wealth of creative players which they can call upon, then there really should be no reason for underachieving. The big strength is their balance and depth of their squad.
The issue will France will probably be one again of mentality. It doesn’t always take a lot to see the French heads drop and when they come under pressure, they don’t always have the ability to get into a higher gear. But maybe, just maybe, their great response against the Ukraine in the play-offs will silence doubters over their mental approach. Still, you feel that they are a side that needs to run on high confidence.
France Qualification for the World Cup
Position: 2nd (Qualified via a 3-2 aggregate victory over the Ukraine in a play-off)
Goals Scored: 15
Goals Conceded: 6
World Cup Potential: 4/5
France should perhaps be higher up the list of possible outright winners as they could be a contender. They have a host of big names which can turn any match on its head and decide the huge encounters with one gifted strike of the ball. They are a team that will need to hit the ground running, though, and a sluggish start could spell the end before the tournament has even gotten into it’s stride, although, the last time France won their opening game was back in 1998. The same year France went on to record their first ever World Cup outright win. An outside chance certainly, but others with stronger claims are preferred.
France World Cup Betting Odds
France to win the World Cup: 20/1 – SportingBet
Before the World Cup the odds on France were 20/1
Official French World Cup Squad
Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon)
Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)
Cédric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux)
Anthony Réveillère (Olympique Lyon)
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
William Gallas (Arsenal)
Gaël Clichy (Arsenal)
Éric Abidal (Barcelona)
Sébastien Squillaci (Seville)
Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Marc Planus (Girondins Bordeaux)
Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)
Jéremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon)
Alou Diarra (Girondins Bordeaux)
Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins Bordeaux)
Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyon)
Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille)
Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
Djibril Cissé (Panathinaikos Athen)
André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse)
last update: 18 June 2010
France Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group E
|Su 15th June||17.00||Switzerland v Ecuador||2:1|
|Su 15th June||20.00||France v Honduras||3:0|
|Fr 20th June||20.00||Switzerland v France||2:5|
|Fr 20th June||23.00||Honduras v Ecuador||1:2|
|We 25th June||21.00||Honduras v Switzerland||0:3|
|We 25th June||21.00||Ecuador v France||0:0|
World Cup 2014 Group E Table