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Uruguay vs France – South Americans to park the bus?

| 10.06.2010

Uruguay vs France, Friday 7.30pm

Problem child France take on Uruguay in their first group match, and are favourites to win, with odds of 11/10, to Uruguay’s 11/4.

The teams have met only twice since the turn of the Millennium – for a friendly in 2008, and at the World Cup in 2002 – and they have yet to break the deadlock.

Both matches ended goalless, so football betting on the sides to draw 0-0 might prove to be good business, with odds of 7/1.

You would have to go all the way back to the Platini years – 1985 – to find the last time that this head-to-head produced a winner.

Should the deadlock be broken, Diego Forlan has been on decent form, with seven goals in qualifying, and looks a good bet at 7/1.

Whilst the Frenchmen considered the “most likely to” are Anelka (4/1) and Henry (5/1).

Speaking of Thierry Henry – he was shown a straight red card in this fixture during the 2002 tournament, and has world cup odds of 25/1 to become the first player in the book.

Or, should he repeat his recklessness of eight years ago and receive a red, you can find odds on a sending off at 10/3.

So can either team finally make it onto the score sheet? See the full Uruguay vs France market.



Ed Needham