All four teams in Group A got a point in the opening matches as there were two draws.
The winner of this match between France and Mexico is likely to advance in World Cup odds while the loser could be out.
2010 World Cup betting favors France in this match although not by a large margin. The three-way line has France at +130, Mexico at +225 and the Draw at +210. The total on the match is two. It is hard to say which team played worse in their opening match. France did nothing against Uruguay as they didn’t even score a goal while Mexico only got one against South Africa. France has the better defense but Mexico has the better offense so this could end up as another low scoring match. France has William Gallas leading their defense in the back and they have goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The question for France is their offense so it could be that coach Raymond Domenech makes some changes for this match against Mexico. He may start Thierry Henry in place of Nicolas Anelka up front and he may start Florent Malouda in place of either Sidney Govou or Yoann Gourcuff as he looks for more goals.
Mexico has talented young players like Carlos Vela and Giovani Do Santos who can score. They also have veterans Guillermo Franco and Cuauhtemoc Blanco who lend stability. Mexico may be an underdog in this match but they could be the team that comes out of it with a win. France has shown nothing under head coach Domenech and many of the players are unhappy. If Mexico can find a way to get an early goal then they France might totally unravel. Both teams are feeling the pressure to score goals so it is possible that we might see a little offense on Thursday afternoon.
Normally this match would have been televised by ESPN but the network moved it to ESPN 2 because of their U.S. Open golf coverage. That is something to remember as you get ready to wager on this very important match in Group A on Thursday.