Two months ago the result of this World Cup betting matchup would have been a foregone conclusion. France, a former World Cup odds champion and perennial powerhouse would have been favored by ridiculous odds and soccer betting fans wouldn’t have touched this potential one-sided blowout.
But things have changed and the 2010 World Cup betting action has been one disaster after another for the French side. Truth be told, the French team may not even show up for its Tuesday World Cup odds match versus host South Africa. The team is currently in the midst of a mutiny but even if it does show up it’s hardly guaranteed a win over tiny South Africa in the World Cup odds competition.
France has played poorly, very poorly in its first two World Cup betting matchups and realistically has almost no chance of advancing to the knockout stage of the competition. As it sits now, the French side is in third place in the Group A with one match remaining. Uruguay and Mexico both have 4 points and if they draw in their next match both teams will go through.
For France to advance it needs a clear winner out of the Uruguay vs. Mexico match and it needs to win by a wide margin against South Africa on Tuesday.
The World Cup odds makers have made France the favorites to win this matchup (11/8) and on paper the French team should blow the Bafana-Bafana out of the water. But conditions on the pitch are much different than what they are on paper. The South African side has played valiantly and has the support of the crowds.
The French have been lousy and the mutiny situation is not going to help this team perform. A draw pays out 5/2 and considering the way both teams have been playing that just might be the smart World Cup betting play for this match.
France will likely be without striker Nicholas Anelka and perhaps other top players who have refused to practice until Anelka is restored his place on the squad. However, you look at it, things don’t look good for France and more than likely this team will be going home very shortly.