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France Uruguay Betting – France, Uruguay Come Away With Point In Exciting Draw

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/7/2010 2:10:38 PM

Online betting players will be in for a thrilling game on Day 1 of the World Cup as France takes on Uruguay, and the French will be looking to put a disappointing friendly loss behind them. Meanwhile, Uruguay is a team that many won’t want to face later down the road, and they’ll show why as they split this match with the French in a wide-open affair.

  • What: World Cup Betting
  • When: Friday, June 7, 2:30 PM ET
  • Where: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
  • Key Stats: Each team has won one and drawn twice in their three meetings
france uruguay betting

The Storyline

The French, who won in 1998, may be the favorites in Group A, but they were upset 1-0 by China at home in a match they dominated and many France fans are now in panic mode. Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and again in 1950, but it’s been slim pickings since. They romped to a 4-1 win over Israel in their final friendly before the World Cup, and they have a team capable of winning Group A.


Who Has The Edge On Offense: France Uruguay Betting

France really should be able to score: Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, Sidney Govou, Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery are just some of the attacking players at their disposal. But this group didn’t light it up in qualification, and they looked a mess against China, failing to create chances with as much possession as they had. Malouda should be the player to watch for the French as he had a brilliant season at Chelsea.

Diego Forlan and Sebastien Abreu are the tandem that will look to fire Uruguay to victory, and they scored three of the four goals in the Israel win. The two have combined for 50 goals in 118 games for the national team, and they’ve got it all: experience, skill and guile. Now, Uruguay needs to find someone who can attack from midfield, and Alvaro Pereira managed to find the back of the net against Israel as well.

Edge: Uruguay

Who Has The Edge In Defense: France Uruguay Betting

William Gallas is the top central defender for the national team, but he had an inconsistent year at Arsenal, while Eric Abidal has been shuffled to the middle after playing left-back for Barcelona, and they didn’t look right against China. This means that Jeremy Toulalan will have to sit in front of the back four to help them out. Patrice Evra will captain the team from his left-back position, and he was the best fullback in England this season.

Uruguay’s defense was stretched to the limit in qualification, and they had a tough time keeping up in the South African section. Captain Diego Lugano is the heartbeat of the defense, but like Toulalan, Uruguay need to find someone to shield the back four. Keeper Fernando Muslera is still only 23 years old, but he’s had experience from playing for Lazio since 2007.

Edge: France

Notable Injuries – France Uruguay Betting

Neither team has suffered any injuries leading up to this match.

Edge: Draw

Totals – France Uruguay Betting

Both teams are capable of scoring, and they both have suspect defenses, which should lead to the two going over the posted total of 2.5.

Pick: Over 2.5

France Uruguay Betting Prediction & Outlook

The French are favored at +110, while Uruguay comes in at +250, and a draw is listed at +220. France is in disarray, with Raymond Domenech managing his last tournament for Les Bleus (Laurent Blanc will replace him after the World Cup), and the older players don’t seem to respect his decisions. He’s changing captains on the eve of the tournament, but there doesn’t seem to be much leadership in the side. Uruguay, with their experienced strike pair, could be a sports betting darkhorse if their defense can hold up, and they’re not going to back down from the French.

Bet World Cup: Draw 2-2

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