France vs Wales: Les Bleus expected to slay wounded Dragons

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Odds: France 3/10, Draw 4/1, Wales 9/1

Kick Off: 2000, 10/11/2017

Stadium: Stade de France

TV: BBC Wales

Wales will have a hard time exorcising the demons of their World Cup exit when travelling to Paris to take on France, one of the favourites for outright glory at Russia 2018.

Les Bleus progressed in relatively smooth fashion from their pool, have a wealth of talented individuals to call on and are just 11/2 to lift football’s biggest trophy next summer.

This should be a routine home win and 4/5 for Didier Deschamps’ side to prevail to nil is hard to oppose in our France vs Wales betting tips.

A Look At France’s Betting Odds

France conceded only six goals in 10 Group A matches, securing seven wins and two draws to cruise home four points clear of Sweden and Holland.

However, Deschamps will be keen to get his team fully focused after they eased off following August’s superb 4-0 thrashing of the Dutch at this venue.

That performance effectively sealed top spot, but there is no excuse for an embarrassing 0-0 draw with Luxembourg in Paris that followed three days later.

Subsequent narrow wins over Bulgaria and Belarus also raised a few eyebrows and Deschamps has taken few chances in naming a squad full of experience.

Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and N’Golo are enforced absentees, but there is still a strong spine to this outfit.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid head the defenders listed, while Blaise Matuidi of Juventus and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko are joined in midfield by highly-rated Bayern Munich recruit Corentin Tolisso.

Up front, Deschamps has any number of attacking options, with the tried and trusted duo of Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud backed up by Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and Anthony Martial.

The Dragons just don’t look equipped to cope with such formidable foes and Les Bleus appeal at 8/5 to score at least three goals in our France vs Wales betting tips.

Don’t forget they achieved that feat in a friendly against England here in June, despite having Varane sent off soon after half-time.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

Wales went into their final Group D game as favourites to finish second behind Serbia in that pool, but a 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff ended their hopes of reaching Russia 2018.

Reports suggest Chris Coleman remains as committed as ever to leading the Dragons in their next quest to qualify for Euro 2020, but this clash may come at the wrong time to start the healing process.

Gareth Bale is out as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, while Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu of West Brom and Ipswich midfielder Emyr Huws are also absent.

The replacements have limited experience and we like 25/4 for a 3-0 home win from the France vs Wales odds.

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Last result:

FRANCE 2-1 Belarus – Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud

WALES 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Head-to-head: France 1-1 Wales, France 2-1 Wales, France 6-1 Wales, France 0-1 Wales

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.