Uruguay vs France Preview – World Cup Group A

The second match of the 2010 World Cup involves Group A and should be an interesting clash when Uruguay takes on France in Cape Town on Saturday 12th June at 4:30am AEST Melbourne time at Green Point Stadium.

These two sides have failed to score against each other the last two times they have played and with plenty at stake in this game it could turn out to be a pivotal game for Group A.

Diego Forlan with 7 goals and Sebastian Abreu 6 scored most goals for Uruguay in qualifying matches and they averaged 1.5 goals per game while Thierry Henry and Andre-Pierre Gignac nabbed four each for the French and they scored at 1.58 per match.

Sout Africa Uruguay vs France Mexico

When: Saturday June 12th
Time: 4:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Green point Stadium, Cape Town
TV: Televised live on SBS

The last meeting between these two sides resulted in a Nil-All draw in a 2008 friendly.

Last time they met
20.11.08 France 0 – 0 Uruguay – Friendly

Recent History
20.11.08 France 0 – 0 Uruguay – Friendly
06.06.02 France 0 – 0 Uruguay – World Cup
15.07.66  Uruguay 2 – 1 France – World Cup

Latest Form

Uruguay (#16)
WON 26.05.10 Uruguay 4-1 Israel Friendly
WON 03.03.10 Switzerland 1-3 Uruguay Friendly
Draw 18.11.09 Uruguay 1-1 Costa Rica WC Qualifier
WON 14.11.09 Costa Rica 0-1 Uruguay WC Qualifier
Loss 14.10.09 Uruguay 0-1 Argentina WC Qualifier

Uruguay have only played the two friendlies this year for two comfortable wins over Israel and more recently Switzerland.

France (#7)
Lost 04.06.10 France 0-1 China Friendly
Draw 30.05.10 Tunisia 1-1 France Friendly
WON 26.05.10 France 2-1 Costa Rica Friendly
Loss 03.03.10 France 0-2 Spain Friendly
Draw 18.11.09 France 1-1 Ireland WC Qualifier

France were very lucky to qualify for the World Cup as everyone is well aware and their recent form shows them with one win in their last five and conceding goals in four of their last five friendlies.

Uruguay vs France Preview

Uruguay
Uruguay has won their two friendlies this year quite comfortably but during qualification they were found wanting at times down back and will need to stabilise their defence for this tournament.

The Uruguayans have talented forwards in Luis Suarez and Deigo Forlan who can find the net when required. Having conceded goals in their last three friendlies against weaker opponents than they will face at the World Cup, Uruguay can make a dent in this group if they can cut it defensively on the day.

Sebastian Abreu scored a double against Israel in their recent 4-1 win and that’s sound form to take on the French in this match.

France
France are favourites to win this group but their recent form has not been very inspiring for a team with so many talented players.

The French have leaked goals in recent warm up games and China kept them to no goals in their final practice game.

If France come to play and the team unite as one then they will be very tough to beat, but they will have to improve on recent form to go deep into the tournament.

Sportsbet odds for Uruguay and France

Uruguay 3.75
Draw 3.20
France 2.10

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Match Prediction

Uruguay appear very much over the odds here on their latest form and considering France has yet to do anything special the just over flip of the coin odds is no value at all. Uruguay are capable of grabbing an upset win here, although we fancy a draw between these two teams.

Drawn game (1-1) @ $3.20 at Sportsbet

Take the draw at Sportsbet or have a crack at Uruguay +0.5 on the Asian handicap at Betfair.

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