The opening day match for the 2010 World Cup boasts the final team to qualify for the finals in Uruguay and the most controversial qualifying team in France. Both look to put those memories behind them and aim to make it out of a surprisingly talented Group A. This match boasts potential for goals and both sides possess world class attacking caliber. Both France and Uruguay have realistic expectations of qualifying beyond the group stage.
Uruguay vs France Odds for July 11th:
The strengths for both squads lie up front as the match features some of Europe’s most prolific strikers. For the Uruguayans, the tandem of Diego Forland and Luis Suarez are as sure as they come up front, while France poses problems with any combination of Nikolas Anelka, Theirry Henry, Djibril Cisse, and Sidney Govou. Both squads qualified through final playoff matches, and both can blame the lack of production from their midfield for having to qualify so late. While on paper France boasts world class names such as Ribery, Diarra, Malouda and Toulalan, the lack of chemistry in Raymond Domenech’s squad serves as a red flag for this talented unit. Look for emerging young star Yoann Gourcuff to feature prominently as his ability to create chances for his teammates is unlike many in the tournament.
On the Uruguayan side, one has to feel the midfield position is one of great concern. Walter Gargano poses the only consistent attacking threat on an otherwise holding midfield unit. The unit is best served in setting the ball to Forland and Suarez and allowing them to take on the French defenders. The French squad look to have the defensive advantage boasting a world class back line and keeper. Should the tandem of Patrice Evra, William Gallas, Eric Abidal, Bacary Sagna, and Gael Clichy amongst others slip up, Lyon star keeper Hugo Lloris has the ability to steal the game with his quick reactions.
This opening fixture will go a long way in determining which team qualifies from Group A and there is no doubt an opening victory is in the mind of both squads. The teams pose as appropriate opponents as the Uruguayan attacking ability will serve as a challenge for the French defenders, while the French talent and playmaking potential in the midfield will look to be stopped by the hard nose defensive minded Uruguayan midfield. While the makeup of this game has draw written all over it, look for France to use their tournament experience and pedigree and squeak through with a 2-1 victory.
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