France vs. South Africa
July 25, 2021 4:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -167, Under 2.5 +130
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France and South Africa are clashing at Saitama Stadium 2002 in round 2 of Group A in the Olympics 2021 soccer tournament. France was a small favorite in their first game, but they ended up losing to Mexico. South Africa has also lost their first match in this tournament, and they are now without a win in their last 4 games.
France is not a bad team at all, they have the depth, they have solid players from Ligue 1, and they should play better. In their game against Mexico, France has had 53% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 2 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw, but as soon as the second half started, France has conceded 2 goals. In the 69th minute, France was able to score a goal, but they have conceded 2 more by the end of the game. France has lost this match 4-1. Gignac is the only goalscorer for France so far. France is in the last place of this group, and if they want to have a chance at advancing to the next stage, France must get the hang of their game right away.
South Africa has arrived at this tournament without expectations, and we could have seen that in their first game. South Africa was playing against Japan in their first match, and they have had 44% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 1 corner kick, 1 big chance created, and a decent 82% of the correct passes. Japan was attacking and attacking in this match, but South Africa was able to defend, until the 71st minute when they finally conceded a goal. Of course, South Africa had very little offense in this game, and they weren’t able to get back. South Africa has lost this match 1-0. South Africa is now in 3rd place, but I still think they will not be able to advance to the next stage because every other team in this group is better than them.
France and South Africa have also never met each other in the past, but France is the better team here, and they need a win. I don’t think South Africa can repeat their performance on the defensive end from the first game, and for that reason, I will take France in this one.