Odds France Will Win World Cup 2014
Les Bleus will be looking to redeem themselves after the spectacle they created on and off the pitch at World Cup 2010 before being eliminated in the Group Stage. There are no reports of internal conflict this time around, and manager Didier Deschamps has taken steps to keep it that way, most notably leaving temperamental midfielder Samir Nasri off the roster. France struggled to qualify for Brazil 2014, but are -125 favorites to win a weak group that also features Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.
After failing to qualify in 1990 and 1994, les Bleus rebounded in 1998 to win their only World Cup title, pounding Brazil 3-0 on home turf at Stade de France. They followed up in 2002 with a dismal performance, but returned to the final in 2006, losing to Italy on penalties. After the debacle of 2010, France is on trend to go deep at Brazil 2014, and face huge pressure at home to do so.
Early World Cup Pick
Currently ranked No. 16 in the world, France is a -125 favorite to win one of the weakest groups at the 2014 World Cup. Switzerland are actually ranked No. 8, but are pegged at just +250 to finish atop Group E. France and Switzerland have not faced each other on the pitch since the 2006 World Cup when they played to a scoreless draw in the Group Stage, a result that eventually clinched the group for the Swiss. France will be heavily favored against Ecuador. However, Ecuador has had recent success against top-tier squads, with wins over Chile and Colombia. Honduras is a +3300 longshot in the group and a team that the French should defeat.
France Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
A qualification round loss to Spain sent France to a European playoff against Ukraine. After losing the first leg 2-0, France responded with a 3-0 win in the second leg to claim a berth at Brazil 2014.
07/09/12 Finland 0 – 1 France
11/09/12 France 3 – 1 Belarus
16/10/12 Spain 1 – 1 France
22/03/13 France 3 – 1 Georgia
26/03/13 France 0 – 1 Spain
06/09/13 Georgia 0 – 0 France
10/09/13 Belarus 2 – 4 France
15/10/13 France 3 – 0 Finland
15/11/13 Ukraine 2 – 0 France
19/11/13 France 3 – 0 Ukraine
France World Cup Group Play Schedule
15/06/14 France vs. Honduras - Estadio Beira-Rio
20/06/14 Switzerland vs. France - Arena Fonte Nova
25/06/14 Ecuador vs. France - Estadio do Maracanã
France Key Players
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich – One of the best players in Europe, Ribery is a tricky midfielder who possesses superior ball control skills.
Karim Benzema FW Real Madrid – An enormously talented striker, Benzema is one of the best finishers in the game from inside the box.
Hugo Lloris GK, Tottenham Hotspur – Lightning quick with great vision, Lloris has emerged as one of the game’s best goalkeepers.