France’s Defeat against Colombia Worries Les Bleus Backers
It may only have been an international friendly but the nature of France’s collapse at the hands of Colombia was hugely worrying for fans and also for those who have backed Les Bleus in the World Cup 2018 outright market. They remain third-favourites for the tournament, which gets underway on June 14th and can still be backed at 6.14 with Sports Interaction but some bettors are beginning to doubt whether they have the credentials to win another major tournament.
Whilst Spain and Germany both looked assured in their recent friendly meeting, France looked defensively inept with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris criticising his side’s “complacency”. Deschamp’s men started well and found themselves two goals up after just 26 minutes but Juan Quintero’s late penalty turned the game on its head. The boss was also critical of his side’s performance, describing it as a “wake up call” ahead of the tournament in Russia.
Colombia were more aggressive throughout and showed a greater desire. The South American side could progress well in Russia and Jose Pekerman’s side are available at 37.00 in the outright market. More realistically, they look great value at 2.30 with Sports Interaction to finish top of Group H. They begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Japan on June 19th and are the 1.78 favourites to collect all three points.
Ronaldo Continues to Deliver for Portugal
The 2018 World Cup could potentially be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last ever appearance at the tournament and he will be aiming to make it a memorable month in Russia. The Real Madrid superstar was once again instrumental as his side produced a stunning comeback against Egypt on March 23rd. Mo Salah’s goal had given the Pharaohs the lead but they weren’t able to contain the Portuguese playmaker, who netted an injury-time double to turn the game in his side’s favour.
Fernando Santos’ side have been drawn in Group B alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran and have been priced at 25.00 to lift the World Cup. They were not expected to prevail at Euro 2016 but, despite showing very little in the group stage of the competition, they were incredibly difficult to beat and are once again likely to progress deep into the tournament.