Sports gambling handicappers have grown increasingly frustrated with France and their inability to mount an offensive attach as coach Raymond Domenech is under fire.
France failed to score in their first two games of the group stage as they played to a scoreless draw against Uruguay in the opener and then lost to Mexico 0-2. They face a must win match against South Africa on Tuesday, June 22.
Not only will France need a large margin win but they also must hope that Mexico and Uruguay do not play to a draw. Otherwise, the French will be going home far earlier than expected.
The poor play by the French has caused dissention within their ranks as Nicolas Anelka went off on a profanity laced tirade towards Domenech during half time in the loss to Mexico.
Reports from the French media say that Anelka insulted the coach after Domenech offered the player tactical advice. After Anelka’s insubordination, Domenech benched him in favor of Andre-Pierre Gignac.
There has been bad blood between Anelka and Domenech that dates back to 2006 when the French manager snubbed the striker, who plays for Chelsea of the English Premier League.
What made matters worse was that Anelka was passed over by Domenech in place of Djibril Cisse despite an extra slot being available due to an injury on the team.
Anelka has been a starter this year, however, including the qualifying and the group stages.
The rift between Anelka and Domenech is just one of many problems within the French team that has proven to be a Sports gambling overlay so far in World Cup action. Midfielder Yoann Gourcuff has lost favor with his teammates and defender William Gallas is upset with Domenech because the coach made Patrice Evra the team captain.
Most of the players on France have kept quiet about the internal implosion and dissention within the ranks. Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan did speak, however, and implied that France has degenerated into a collection of unhappy individuals rather than a team.
“We can’t all be the best friends in the world,” said Toulalan. “But there’s no way I’m going to go out on the pitch with the idea that I’m not going to pass to this player or that player.”