Top 5 Best Value Bets for World Cup Group A

4th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

World Cup Group A Teams: France, Mexico, Uruguay and South Africa. The curtain raiser for the 2010 World Cup, is the fixture between host nation South Africa and Mexico. South Africa will have a lot of hype surrounding them, not to mention the hopes of the Rainbow Nation. But, when betting on the World Cup there is no room for any sentiments, as you simply want to make your wagers work the hardest for you. While they may not be a strong team, that does not mean that there is not potential for winning money, as you should consider betting on the weaker nations to be the best at being worst. Here in a series of previews of World Cup bets, we preview the top five best value World Cup Bets for Group A.

Group A Outright Winner: France Evens at SkyBet

There is a huge amount of uncertainty about the chances that France have of getting anywhere in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. But even with all of coach Raymond Domenech’s tinkering with the players and formation, there is a sense of inevitability about Group A. It is clearly not the toughest group in the World Cup, and there is much whispering in betting circles about some of the biggest upsets occurring in this group, simply because of the French. But France still remain firm outrights to win the group, and they actually represent good value to do that, simply because there is doubt over them. They are the experienced team full of World Cup heritage in Group A, and as much as there may be hints of upsets, it is hard to look beyond France winning the group. Here is the thing though, it may not be as straight forward as they would hope, but that doesn’t mean that they will not win it. The French have changed to a more attacking formation, and that could give them the edge they need. They are not a solid, accomplished team by any stretch of the imagination. Mexico probably are the biggest threat to them, a Mexico side who beat Italy in an international friendly as part of their build up. England beat them though without playing very well. What it boils down to, is that France do have the big time players and that just gives them the edge, however hard they may be pushed.

South Africa to Finish Bottom: 5/4 at SkyBet

The poor South African’s are in serious threat of becoming the first host nation in World Cup history not to reach the second round. They are actually on a long unbeaten run, scrapping for results wherever they go. They do show some stubbornness in their approach, but their tactical plan of playing with wing backs, means that they are easily picked off if teams sit back against them and catch them on the break. The South Africans have only been playing International Friendly matches, and while it is to their credit still that they have not been beaten, they are likely to find the level at the World Cup beyond them. The World Cup needs its hosts to stay in the competition as long as possible, and that could just be for three games unfortunately. Even if they scrape their way to three drawn matches, it does not look as if it will be enough to get them off the bottom, because the other three teams look like they are all capable of beating each other. Uruguay and Mexico looked evenly matched in World Cup Odds just behind France, and that leaves South Africa flailing in the group.

To Qualify Mexico: Evens at Paddy Power

Mexico recently beat Italy in an International Friendly as part of their warm up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and while there are weaknesses there, there looks enough potential to get through to the second round. They showed against England that they could keep the ball well, but looked a little slack at the back. If they can tighten that up, then they may even push for the top spot in the group with France not being particularly strong. Betting on Mexico at the World Cup makes for some interesting reading, with some profit there to be garnered. The expected outcome is for France to top the group, and then have a scrap for second between Mexico and Uruguay. There does not appear to be too much between them, but the majority of World Cup betting will lean towards Mexico, as Uruguay have been very quiet in their approach to the tournament. Because they are close with Uruguay, any bet at around Evens for a team to qualify is very good value.

Most Group Stage Goals Scored: Uruguay 3/1 at Bwin

They have Diego Forlan in their ranks, and it is worth looking at Uruguay in this market. They should have the beating of South Africa, and should be able to find the holes in the Mexican and French defences. That’s not to say that they do not have frailties at the back of their own, but that doesn’t matter for this bet clearly. They scored 28 goals in 18 qualification games in the South American qualification zone, at an average of 1.56 goals per match. Mexico’s average was at 2.00 during qualification but they were in a much weaker zone, so it all should even out.

Most Group Stage Goals Conceded: South Africa 13/10 at Bwin

This bet is based on value alone, and there looks enough sense to back it quite well. They are perceived to be the weakest team in the group, and there is nothing much at the back to stop the other teams in the group exposing them. There really is not a very strong defence in this group, and the host nation’s could be the worst of a bad bunch, and it is hard to see the other teams conceding more than them overall.

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