Friday, June 13, 2008
"BEING COACH OF FRANCE IS A CABARET OLD CHUM "
FRANCE - HOLLAND
Yesterday we were right to ignore the form of a single game, which can be very misleading.
I do not expect the Dutch to look as good today, they were very flattered by the scoreline in their win over Italy, two goals came on breakaways, when Italy were close to scoring and Donadoni got his tactics wrong.
Likewise, the French, despite the antics of their coach Raymond Domenech, who looks increasingly like he should be starring in Cabaret the musical, they cannot be as toothless as they were against the Romanians. Many believe, that for political reasons, they were happy to take a point in that game and conserve energy for the two battles ahead. Whatever the merits of that, they are sure to put in a better performance today and will certainly be facing a less well organised defence.They will have Henry and Viera available today and a fully fit squad to choose from.
I think that with the level ball option, at odds against, they offer excellent value, the Dutch would be very happy to accept a draw, which will leave them in a strong position ahead of the final group game. Robben and van Persie are available, but neither are sure to start.
See a very cautious opening here and personally, I might bet a little on the half time draw, but will stick with the 90 minute bet here.
5.5 points France level ball 2.05 asian line.