Despite being far from impressive in qualifying for next summer’s European Championship finals, France have recently put together a very decent 16 match unbeaten run.
Following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the USA, Laurent Blanc’s side will be confident of building further momentum on the road to Poland and Ukraine when they face a Belgian side who they’ve beaten in over two-thirds of their competitive head-to-heads dating back to 1904.
Belgium have won many admirers for their promotion of young talent like Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku but they ultimately failed to qualify for Euro 2012, just losing out to Turkey in finishing third in Group A.
France reached the finals by winning Group D and are rightly 67/100 favourites to get another win, with Belgium 17/4 to pull off the upset victory and the draw priced 12/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Although Georges Leekens can call on Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and Man City’s Vincent Kompany, defence proved Belgium’s achilles heel in qualifying as they kept just two clean sheets in ten games.
Even without Samir Nasri, France look well-placed to take advantage of this and are 91/100 to score over 1.5 goals and 3/1 to get three or more.
Their recent run of form has been built on striking first, with Les Bleus opening the scoring in five of their last six games, three times inside the first 20 minutes, and they are 9/20 to lead then win in bwin’s run of play market.
However, Belgium showed great resilience in their qualifiers, four times coming from behind to get a result and should the game go lead-draw, new customers backing this outcome using the ₤25 free bet they receive when signing up to bwin would win ₤125.
Looking at who will score those goals, it’s tough to see past in-form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for France and he is 4/1 to get the opening goal.
In the absence of Chelsea striker Lukaku, Belgium will look to Ligue 1 star Hazard as their main threat and he is 3/1 in bwin’s anytime scorer market.
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