The French were lucky to make it to Brazil, but now the bookies offer strong odds on them to progress to late stages.
France has done it again. They’ve squeezed passed Ukraine in the World Cup qualification play-offs, and will now try and battle it out for supremacy in Brazil. Les Bleus have only one World Cup trophy to boast – the title they won in home event back in 1998. Let’s take a look at the betting odds online sportsbooks in France
are giving their team.
Having to fight their way to Brazil seems to have unaffected their chances according to experts and the bookies operating under French gambling laws. France are sixth in line to lift the trophy with 21.00 odds.
The road to Brazil
Les Bleus have won five of their eight matches in qualifications, and lost only once. But it still meant that Didier Deschamps’ men will have to go through play-off to reach the ultimate goal. They’ve lost 0-2 in Ukraine and everyone thought this is it for France, but the team has found strength to win 3-2 in front of home crowd and make it through on aggregate.
Those who bet on sports in France on the qualifying matches will remember that France were drawn into the same qualifying group as World and European Champions Spain. Besides Spain, Finland also offered the French some resistance during qualifying.
Didier Deschamps has already surprised lots of experts and loyal fans by omitting Samir Nasri from the national team going to Brazil. Nasri is largely responsible for his side, Manchester City, winning another Premier League title this season, but the coach blames the attitude of the midfielder for not including him.
Eleven players participating in the 2012 European championship have made it to the squad, providing France with much needed experience.
Betting on France at World Cup
• The French were lucky to reach Brazil, but now enjoy good odds
• Many sportsbooks in France online are already accepting bets on them
• The team is the favorite to win the group and reach at least quarter-finals
Bacary Sagna, Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and Franck Ribery will certainly be bringing expertise and talent to the games, which will require it the most.
At the pinnacle of the attack, there will be Karim Benzema, Loic Remy and Antoine Griezmann complementing Ribery and Giroud. This goalscoring powerhouse caused many experts to predict a lot of goals from the French. The bookies offer 2.00 odds for Les Bleus to score over 6.5 goals during the World Cup.
The World Cup draw for France
The French were once again lucky receiving the easiest group at the World Cup. Their group E includes the likes of Switzerland, Ecuador, and Honduras. It is only natural to expect France to win the group and progress to the Last 16. Sportsbooks will pay at 1.75 for this event. In case the French collect over 6.5 points in their group, punters will be collecting winnings at 2.20 odds, also a very smart bet.
Now that the qualifying is over, the French can put their troubles behind them and concentrate on trying to win the World Cup. Since their group is extremely easy on paper, it is reasonable to expect them to make it to late stages in Brazil.
Should they win their group, which looks almost certain, they will most probably face Nigeria or Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Last 16. Which once again is a very favorable outcome for the French. The bookies are paying at 2.05 for Les Blues to reach at least quarter-finals. Considering all the above-mentioned facts, this wager looks like a very smart one to make.