World Cup Betting tips on unpredictable France

31st May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

World Cup betting will have had a lot of mixed reactions to the victory which France produced over Costa Rica in their recent World Cup warm up match. For most people watching, France struggled tremendously to get a grip on the game, and the system which they were playing. Domenech, who is known for tinkering and changing his mind over his teams, again tried an experimentation with his formation in order to try and add a little extra fire power to his side. Domenech utilised star player Franck Ribery out of position on the right hand side, but instead of igniting a performance of passion and pace, it was a labouring victory in which the only positives France will be able to take, is the effort that the players put into trying something new, even if it looked completely unconvincing as a whole. There were some periods of improved attacking play, but on a whole, France looked vulnerable to the threats of a good team. If they do win their group and progress, they could likely face England in the Quarter Finals.

Looking at the set up of France, there is some apparent potential for winning some wagers with World Cup Odds that are betting against France. While the French will be favourite to win Group A, over Mexico, Uruguay and hosts South Africa, there is enough disruption in the French side to cause themselves major problems. Mexico showed in a recent friendly against England, that they can keep the ball well, and be dangerous with their pace down the flanks and in turning the opponents defence. This could be a big problem for France, who are not blessed with the greatest defence. Uruguay, will have been flying under the radar a bit, but have potential to upset France, simply by playing an up tempo game. There is real potential for landing an outside bet here, as France will still be ahead of their opposition in invdividual match betting. Uruguay has the best chance to catch them cold in their opener. While the French battled to beat Costa Rica, they couldn’t do the same against North African side Tunisia, in their penultimate International Friendly before the World Cup. Again they had to fight their way back from a deficit, but this time could only manage a 1-1 draw.

This will have caused more headaches for anyone thinking of betting on France at the World Cup as they look to be on shaky ground, and lacking a direction. Domenech, who has had more than his fair share of critics, will part from the international hot seat after the World Cup, with Laurent Blanc stepping into the national role ahead of the Euro 2012 qualification campaign. France look a jaded side already, and that may not put them in such a clear favourite role to win their group, so that is something to bear in mind when betting on the World Cup. While Domenech had allowed some freedom to be creative and attack against Costa Rica, and they looked more fluent than in most of World Cup qualification, there was still a disjointed look about them. Do the players know what system they are supposed to be playing? Saying that they have improved their attacking performance over the last two games, may fall on deaf ears of French supporters travelling to South Africa. But it should give hope to the tempatation of betting against France.

But there is a flip side to France’s less than ideal form. That is, they would make a great outside bet for the World Cup, as they have an unusually dogged approach to pulling out results without looking convincing. There is an air that Domenech does not really know what his best team is, and the French, with plenty of talent in their team, are searching for a system that works to the benefit of their strikers. Theirry Henry has been sitting out the large part of the International Friendly matches, with Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka getting the staring starting role. With Franck Ribery in the side, and prodigal midfield talent Yoann Gourcuff, there is plenty there to work with. Gourcuff, at just 23, is looking like a World star, and could be one to shine and stand out for the French side. The Bordeaux star, linked with a move to Manchester United, is the vital component in the heart of the France midfield. Will Les Blues have the blues come the end of the group stages, or will they put together another less than impressive, but resilient run to the final? France start their World Cup fixtures against Uruguay on June 11th.




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