France look to exceed expectations in South Africa World Cup

Tags: Football 2016/17 League Cup

Published: 22:59 10/06/2010

After the fanfare and expectation of Friday’s opening World Cup fixture between South Africa and Mexico, attention turns to the other game in Group A. South Americans Uruguay take on France in the second match up of the day. Expectations are low once again this time for the French national side, despite reaching the final in 2006. Memorably, after a moment of utter madness from genius Zinedine Zidane which resulted in him receiving his marching orders, they lost on penalties to Italy. After a poor Euro 2008, coach Raymond Domenech was lucky to keep his job, and a dodgy qualifying campaign has seen him ridiculed even further by fans and pundits alike. However, he does have a considerable amount of attacking talent at his disposal. The likes of Franck Ribery, Nicolas Anelka and the unforgettable Thierry Henry mean that they may be a tournament dark horse. Les Blues are expected to top a group which is one of the more difficult among this year’s eight. And even though the French made history in 2000 by being the first European side to follow up a World Cup win with a European Championship, the following decade has proved to be hugely mixed, 2006 apart. Still, they are favourites to win their opening game, and in-form Chelsea hitman Anelka is 11/2 with Paddy Power to score the game’s first goal. The game is live on BBC1 with kick-off at 7.30pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

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