It’s the first day of the World Cup and frankly, I’m excited. Starting today and for the entire duration of the tournament, I’ll be doing something slightly different. Other than highlighting the best moments of the daily matches, I will also give my prediction on the scores base on Asian Handicap lines. So, let’s kick things off with the first match.
South Africa will be hoping for the host’s luck to be on their side as they seek to advance to the next stage of the competition. However, expectations might be growing from their home fans and the pressure might get to their fairly inexperience players. Aaron Mokoena will be hoping to produce a mighty performance to deny the likes of Carlos Vela, Giovanni Dos Santos and Guillermo Franco from scoring. Meanwhile up front, they will be counting on Everton star, Steven Pienaar provide the industry and guile.
It’s hard to see any side with any particular advantage and as the odds shows, a draw is what is the best predicted outcome of the game. That is also what I’m edging towards and if I were to choose, I would take Mexico on that odds.
South Africa 2.72 Draw 3.08 Mexico 2.67
South Africa@1.96 0 Mexico @1.94
As for the later game, it will be Europe against South America as 1998 winners, France take on the winner of the very first World Cup edition, Uruguay. This time around, there are cracks already appearing in the France camp. Raymond Domenech has never been a favourite among fans and now it seems, the players have taken the same view. Passing preference and player preference are just some of the problems that has already been highlighted. Add that to the fact that Eric Abidal, who is generally a left back, will now turn up as a central defender further show how weak this France squad is. On the other side of the fence, Uruguay have in their side two of the most potent strikers in Europe last season. Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan will surely ruffle some feathers in the French defence, especially if it is a makeshift one. Expect this to be the first upset. My good money will be on Uruguay.
France 2.18 Draw 3.23 Uruguay 3.33
France@1.83 -0/0.5 Uruguay@2.07
Enjoy the first day and fingers crossed that my prediction goes well. Till tomorrow.