Group Stage A is not an easy group with three teams that FIFA has ranked in the top 20 and the host nation South Africa.
France is the clear-cut favorites to win this group posted at -125. However, they did not look good in cup qualifying and barely made it into the World Cup after a Thierry Henry infamous handball in their last match against Ireland.
The French have a solid offense with the world-class players of Franck Ribery Nicolas Anelka, and Henry, but their main concern is their central defense. Their matches against Mexico and Uruguay will be tough ones, as each has a solid team.
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Mexico is at +350 to win the group and while they do have a solid midfield and a decent defense this team really lacks firepower, especially up front. Barcelona defender Rafael Márquez may be the key to their squad, as Mexico may have to win games with their defense since they are not a high-scoring team.
Uruguay is at +400 and they barely qualified for the World Cup after beating Costa Rica in a playoff. They are one of the hardest working squads in the competition and they have a very strong defense. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlán and FC Porto’s Cristian Rodríguez can score, but Uruguay is an inconsistent and unpredictable team, especially on offense, and they need to be consistent and that is even more the case in the matches against Mexico and France.
South Africa is the big underdog in the group at +600 and even though they are the host country and will have a big home field advantage it is a major long-shot that they will make it out of Group A. South Africa has a solid defense and good goalie play, but their offense is their major weakness. They have not scored in their last two matches and really have struggled on offense since the Confederations Cup last June. For South Africa to make it out of this group Benni McCarthy of Blackburn and Bernard Parker of FC Twente have to score some goals for the hosts.
The opening matches are big in this group, as they may set the stage for how this group plays out. The opening matches are South Africa vs. Mexico and Uruguay vs. France, which are the first two matches of the World Cup.
Here are the odds to win the Group Stage A at as of May 4th.
South Africa +600
More Group A Odds:
World Cup 2010 - Team to Place 2nd in Group A France +250 Mexico +250 Uruguay +250 South Africa +325 World Cup 2010 - Team to Place 3rd in Group A South Africa +220 Uruguay +230 Mexico +240 France +450 World Cup 2010 - Team to Place 4th in Group A South Africa +160 Uruguay +240 Mexico +260 France +650 World Cup 2010 - Group A Exacta 1.France 2.Mexico 4/1 1.France 2.Uruguay 17/4 1.France 2.South Africa 6/1 1.Mexico 2.France 7/1 1.Uruguay 2.France 8/1 1.South Africa 2.France 12/1 1.Mexico 2.Uruguay 14/1 1.Uruguay 2.Mexico 14/1 1.Mexico 2.South Africa 18/1 1.Uruguay 2.South Africa20/1 1.South Africa 2.Mexico 25/1 1.South Africa 2.Uruguay28/1 World Cup 2010 - France Group Stage Total Points Over Points 5½ (EVEN)o (-130)u World Cup 2010 - Mexico Group Stage Total Points Over Points 3½ (-150)o (+115)u World Cup 2010 - Uruguay Group Stage Total Points Over Points 3½ (-135)o (+105)u World Cup 2010 - South Africa Group Stage Total Points Over Points 3½ (+105)o (-135)u
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