Sports book gambling handicappers were not impressed with France’s World Cup opener which ended in a scoreless draw with Uruguay.
This sets up a critical World Cup betting match between France and Mexico for Thursday, June 17 as the Mexican team is also coming of a disappointment as they played to a 1-1 draw with South Africa. The pressure will be intense for both teams as they try and get back on track in which looks to be an even sports book gambling match.
The loser of the match between France and Mexico will be under phenomenal World Cup betting pressure in their final game of the Group stage as they would be winless after 2 matches.
France and coach Raymond Domenech are already facing criticism for failing to take advantage of Mexico stubbing their toe against South Africa. Their offense remains a point of concern and Domenech is under fire for what many are calling “predictable” tactics.
Veteran striker Thierry Henry saw limited action in the sports book gambling draw against Uruguay and may get additional playing time against Mexico in order to hopefully light a spark to the dreadful French attack. Domenech said he is considering giving the legendary French hero the start.
France is being frustrated with the same tactics that it face in the preliminary stages with the World Cup betting odds as their opponents are jamming the middle of the field.
“We know that when we play teams, they keep their shape and don’t give us any space – and we need space to play, so we have to be patient,” said winger Florent Malouda of France.
France’s lack of offensive punch has made them a popular gambling in sports choice on the over/under board as many handicappers are slamming the “under” when they play.
Domenech was blunt about France’s World Cup gambling problems and lack of offense after the shutout draw versus Uruguay.
“We didn’t have the finishing touch,” said the coach. “We need to score goals.”
The question is who and how will score for France.