In what might seem like a knockout stage matchup two of the world’s premier teams will go head to head on Thursday, June 16th in Group A round robin play. The two favorites of Group A, France and Mexico, will matchup with a trip to the knockout rounds on the line.
Heading into the World Cup betting action these two teams were picked by nearly all the soccer betting aficionados to advance out of this group but two disappointing opening games by both of these squads have put that result in jeopardy.
Mexico played host South Africa to a disappointing 1-1 draw in the opening game of the entire World Cup betting tournament. A mediocre performance was somewhat to be expected as the first match of the tournament is always full of butterflies and miscues and it’s never easy to play in front of the opponent’s hometown crowd as the Mexicans did in the World Cup betting opener.
France, though, has no real excuse for its 0-0 draw vs Uruguay in its soccer betting opener. The team looked as though it was rusty and played sloppy on both ends of the pitch. Give credit to Uruguay for keeping the French out of the net but this was not a pretty game and it may come back to bite the French if they fail to advance in the World Cup odds competition.
The winner of the game is all but guaranteed a spot in the next round. But should this end in a tie, things in Group A could get very interesting. As it stands now, all four teams are tied with 1 point apiece and all four teams are at 0 in the goal differential.
France is the higher ranked team by FIFA at #9 with Mexico just slightly back #17. Both teams are loaded with talent with stars like well known stars (and Barcelona teammates) Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez playing for both sides.
France is highly favored in the odds (139/100) and even a draw pays more than 2/1 (23/10). But remember, France is talented but hasn’t played well as a team, qualifying only after beating Ireland in a playoff.
Bet on this game to end in a draw and make things very interesting in the Group A soccer betting.