Group A is definitely one of the most complicated groups in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group is formed by the host South Africa, as well as France, Mexico and Uruguay, the last team to join the 2010 FIFA world cup. Usually the team that hosts the World Cup gets very motivated for being in its own country, in front of their own people, and in their own climate; but in this group things looks very complicated for the South African squad too.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THE GROUP:
This is definitely a very tough group for any of the football teams involved; the weakest link in theory is South Africa, the FIFA 2010 World Cup host, but being the host is something that doesn’t make it as weak as one might think. This group is going to be filled with surprises because any of the four international soccer teams could end up in the second round of the world cup.
HOW THEY RANKED LAST APRIL:
FIFA ranks every international football team on the 28th of each month; so, the rank for these four teams during April 28th. 2010 was like this:
South Africa ranked as number 90 of the world.
Mexico ranked as 17th.
Uruguay ranked as number 18 of the world.
France ranked as number 10.
The numbers for May 28th. are going to show probably the same ranks, usually a team doesn’t climb or loses many spots each month, if the any team ranks higher or lower is in an average of 3 spots. Meaning that South Africa was number 90 in April, but in May could be 87 or 93 on average.
2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule for USA:
6/11 South Africa vs. Mexico Soccer City 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
6/11 Uruguay vs. France Green Point 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/16 South Africa vs. Uruguay Loftus Versfeld 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/17 France vs. Mexico Peter Mokaba 7:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. CST/4:00 a.m. PST
6/22 Mexico vs. Uruguay Royal Bafokeng 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
6/22 South Africa vs. France Free State 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
South Africa vs. Mexico:
The betting favor a draw between these two teams. Then, South Africa is the favorite.
Uruguay vs. France:
The South American squad is the favorite on betting. Then, a draw.
South Africa vs. Uruguay:
A draw is the favorite result for betting odds, then, a win for South Africa.
France vs. Mexico:
The big favorite is Mexico, then, a draw between these two teams.
Mexico vs. Uruguay:
A draw is the main result, then, a slight advantage for Uruguay to win the match.
South Africa vs. France:
South Africa is the big favorite in this match, then, a draw.
Betting odds in this group tell us that Mexico, Uruguay and South Africa could end up with 5 points, while nobody favors France, so nothing is clear about the 2 teams that go through the next round in this group. However, don’t get excited if your team is favorite in certain matches, gamblers usually go for the underdog of the match.
The big favorite of this group among experts is France, even though the team was struggling a lot to qualify for the world cup event. France is favorite because, Latin American and African teams are not in the same level as European teams; that’s the main reason France is favorite to qualify as first place according to soccer experts.
The match between Mexico vs. Uruguay holds the answer to who’ll be the second qualified to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Many experts agree that Uruguay has certain advantages over Mexico that could make them qualify as the second place of this group, leaving Mexico and South Africa eliminated in the first round.
CHANCES TO QUALIFY TO THE 2ND. ROUND:
South Africa 30.0%