Both France and Holland will look to fine tune their preparations for World Cup 2014 when they collide in International friendly action on Wednesday, arguably one of the most anticipated tilts on the midweek soccer betting menu.
2010 World Cup finalists Holland are unanimously disadvantaged across the board ahead of their friendly with France. Bet365.com tips Holland at +220 while William Hill lists them a smidgen shorter at +210 to win outright.
Holland secured their invitation to Rio with a convincing run through European qualifying, going 9-1-0 to win Group D. Most notably, they scored a staggering 35 goals and conceded just five in ten matches. Granted, they were drawn into a rather favourable group with Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia and Andorra but that shouldn’t take anything away from their impressive account.
Going into Brazil, it’s true Holland is faced with a tough ask in Group B, arguably with Spain and Chile posing the biggest threats to their bid for a spot in the knockout stages. As things currently stand, Holland are amongst the top ten favourites to win the coveted title at +2800 future odds at Bet365.
Underscoring Holland’s soccer betting value is a run of 17 matches unbeaten, including six draws and eleven wins. That’s quite an impressive stretch of form without a defeat and goes back to Their August 15, 2012 when they lost 4-2 to Belgium in friendly action.
France qualified for Rio the hard way, through the playoff rounds after finishing second to Spain in Group I.
Things very nearly didn’t go to plan either. Immediately, a fancied France (matched at +140 to win outright at Bet365) were forced on the back foot after the first leg went to Ukraine (matched at +220 to win outright). France were faced with the prospect of erasing a 2-0 deficit in the reverse leg, no mean feat and one that few were backing with any conviction. Tale told they accomplished the brilliant comeback in the end, beating a very resilient Ukrainian side 3-0 to book their tickets to Brazil.
The upshot of their rather inspiring qualification account is that they are deemed the sixth favourites in the pecking order to win outright in Brazil, quantified on +2000 future odds at Bet365. That standing largely explains why France is favoured over Holland in this friendly.
William Hill send France into this highly anticipated date on +140 soccer odds to win outright while Bet365 lists France at + 125 soccer odds. Underscoring these favourable odds is home advantage as well. Still, France aren’t exactly runaway favourites to win this match despite everything and that is perhaps the most telling aspect.
Soccer Betting Verdict: This friendly match pits two quality sides, two of the top ten favourites to win the World Cup 2014 this summer across sportsbooks. Anything can happen, really. France have home advantage and an inspiring qualification campaign to fall back on in order to carve out the expected result: a win. But they can’t take anything for granted. Holland haven’t been acquainted with defeat since 2012 and they loom formidable opponents. In fact, France will have all to do to upend Holland despite their large odds and, thus, Holland would appear to be the savvy soccer pick here for the upset.
Soccer Free Picks: Holland to win outright at +260