Olympic football 2021: France vs South Africa prediction and betting tips (July 25)
Sylvain Ripoll’s men lost 1-4 in a heavy defeat against Mexico. This leaves them no choice but to sit up against South Africa.
Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored the only French goal
Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored the only French goal
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

France U23 will face South Africa U23 in Round 2 of the group stage. Both France and South Africa have had poor starts after losing their openers. The match France vs South Africa is played on Sunday, July 25, starting at 8.00 AM (GMT). Saitama Stadium is the match arena. France vs South Africa predictions and betting tips are readily available below. Let’s preview the latest betting odds for France vs South Africa (July 25) to start with.

France vs South Africa latest odds on betting sites

France’s odds to win the game are currently at 1.20 (-500 American; 1/5 Fractional). The odds of South Africa are 13.00 (+1200; 12/1), while a draw is priced at 6.00 (+500; 5/1). The chances of these outcomes are as follows: France — 78%, Draw — 15%, South Africa — 7%.

Latest betting odds on France vs South Africa (25 July 2021):

  • Over 2.5 Goals — 1.57 (-175; 4/7)
  • Under 2.5 Goals — 2.35 (+135; 27/20)
  • Asian Handicap (-1.5) on France — 1.70 (-143; 7/10)
  • Asian Handicap (+1.5) on South Africa — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
  • Both Teams To Score (Yes) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Both Teams To Score (No) — 1.61 (-164; 8/13)

France vs South Africa match preview and stats

France lost 1-4 in a heavy defeat against Mexico. Sylvain Rippoll’s men came short and could only pull one back. This loss should be a wake-up call for the Frenchmen if they want to compete for any Olympics medals. They created 2 big chances in the game against Mexico and had a total of 4 shots on target. They need to find their scoring boots. France is currently last on the table with 0 points and a -3 goal difference. They need to sit up and go all out for the win in the Round 2 match

On the other hand, South Africa has also had a slow start at the Olympics. They lost 1-0 to Japan in their opener. South Africa created just 1 big chance against Japan. They had 4 total shots of which only 1 was on target. They were not aggressive in the attack which isn’t good enough for a team that’s ready to advance from the group stage. South Africa is third on the table with 0 points and -1 goal difference.

France vs South Africa key players and lineups

France predicted lineup:

  • Paul Bernardoni
  • Clement Michelin
  • Pierre Kalulu
  • Modibo Sagnan
  • Anthony Caci
  • Teji Savanier
  • Lucas Tousart
  • Enzo Le Fee
  • Florian Thauvin
  • Arnaud Nordin
  • Andre Pierre Gignac

The player to watch out for is Andre-Pierre Gignac. He scored 1 goal in their loss against Mexico, he had 2 shots on target from 4 total shots and won 5 out of 6 duels. More is expected from the striker in tomorrow’s game.

South Africa predicted lineup:

  • Ronwen Williams
  • Luke Fleurs
  • Repo Malepe
  • Sibusiso Mabiliso
  • Thendo Mukumela
  • Reeve Frosler
  • Teboho Mokoen
  • Goodman Mosele
  • Thabo Cele
  • Luther Singh
  • Evidence Makgopa

Luke Fleurs had 7.5 ratings in their opener against Japan. He had the most tackles (2) in the match, won 7 duels and lost 0, 1 headed clearance, 3 interceptions and 8 ball recoveries.

France vs South Africa betting tips and prediction

All odds are on France to win the match. They have a better squad than South Africa ahead of this game. When you compare the stats and form of both teams, France has the upper hand.

France created 7 chances, with 2 big among them, and had 4 shots on target out of 12 taken. This is opposed to South Africa’s 1 big chance and 1 shot on target. Though France scored only once in the Mexican goal in Round 1, their overall offensive stats are much more promising.

I bank on the French side to find their way to score a goal, while I don’t believe their opponents will. I am going with a 2-0 correct score bet in favour of France.

Bet: Correct score 2-0

Odds: 5.50 (+450 American; 9/2 Fractional)

Football Olympic Football . Group A. Round 2
France — South Africa
Correct score 2-0
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