France set their sights on the World Cup in Brazil with a friendly against Norway in Paris and look like good things to continue their recent trend and ease to victory without conceding a goal.
Loic Remy might be hoping to use the match as a “shop window” as he closes in on a move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham (take your pick from France Football magazine’s comments), but for coach Didier Deschamps the match is an opportunity to fine-tune his starting XI for the Group E opener against Honduras.
France are strong favourites to get their warm-up matches off to a flying start, but one bet stands out above the others – Les Bleus to win to nil at 19/20.
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Deschamps’ men are 21/50 to win the match, with the draw at 31/10 and the Norwegians priced up at 15/2.
France have won four of their last five games without conceding a goal.
Les Bleus are hitting form at the right time as they step up their preparations for Brazil and can continue their recent good run against Norway.
France have won four of their last five matches without conceding a goal, with two of those victories coming against the Netherlands and in the vital play-off win over Ukraine.
Deschamps’ side have also managed to keep the opposition from scoring in six of their last eight fixtures.
Norway have lost eight of their last 15 internationals.
The Norwegians are not the force they were in the 1990’s and that fact is borne out in their results.
Their form is indicative of a nation in the middle of a slump; Norway have won just four of their last 15 matches, tasting defeat on eight occasions.
Norway have failed to score in four of their last eight games.
If Norway have lost their way at international level, it is easy to see where their main problem lies – a chronic lack of goals is undermining their efforts.
Over their last 15 matches, Per-Mathias Hogmo’s side have scored just 14 goals and they have drew a blank in four of their last eight games.