After booting a dent into one World Cup participant’s preparations, Paraguay are looking to add France’s scalp to the Cameroonian one they mounted above their mantelpiece earlier in the week.
To do so the South American outfit must over come mammoth odds of 27/4, with the French clearly tickling the punters’ fancy at 1/2 and it’s easy to see why given their current run of form.
Since losing 2-0 to Ukraine in the first-leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off fixture, Les Bleus have won three on the spin, each without conceding and another win to nil for Didier Deschamps’ men features as the first of three must-back, odds-against bets ahead of this clash to be screened on BT Sport 1.
France win to nil @ 23/20
The French has shoved Ukraine, Netherlands and Norway to the wayside since the alluded to defeat in Kiev and each found perforating their backline impossible.
After amassing an aggregate score of 9-0 across these games, it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a win for the favourites.
Furthermore, they haven’t conceded in seven of their previous nine outings, as well as both their most recent meetings with Paraguay.
Over 2.5 goals @ 11/10
Scoring may prove much tougher for Los Guaranies, but even if they don’t contribute this bet stands a great chance of copping.
In eight of the previous nine to feature Victor Genes’ side the aforementioned goal-line has been pole-vaulted, while the same can be said of five of France’s last seven.
France to be ahead at half-time and full-time @ 6/5
The ‘98 world champions come into this clash aiming to win a seventh game in eight and if they’re ahead at the interval then it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ll succeed in their mission.
All bar one of their six victories that preceded this clash saw the French go in at the break with at least one goal’s breathing space between them and the opposition.