Scotland vs France: Hosts can prove Cardiff flop was just a blip

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Odds: Scotland 1/2, Draw 22/1, France 163/100

Kick Off: 1500, 11/02/2018

Stadium: Murrayfield

TV: BBC One

Scotland suffered a huge disappointment when thrashed by Wales in their Six Nations opener but we feel Gregor Townsend’s side are worth another chance when entertaining France this weekend.

Les Bleus only went down to a last-gasp drop-goal against Ireland, but that was still a performance which lacked creativity and composure, in our opinion.

We’re kicking off our Scotland vs France betting predictions by taking Evens for the hosts to oblige by more than five points at Murrayfield.

A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds

Townsend’s team were tipped as dark horses for the title ahead of last Saturday’s trip to Cardiff, but got off to the worst imaginable start with an error-strewn display in a 34-7 loss.

However, Glasgow centre Peter Horne declared: “I’m pretty confident it was a slip and I think there will be a good reaction from the boys, as we were all pretty devastated.

“We’ve got France immediately after it and we are desperate to get another opportunity. The 23 boys who are selected this week will be chomping at the bit.”

Townsend sat his players down on Monday for an ‘honesty session’ and will now hope to rediscover the sparkle Scotland showed in the autumn internationals, when pushing the All Blacks close before putting 54 points past Australia.

A return to anything like that November form will make 17/20 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time a solid bet from the Scotland vs France odds.

A Look At France’s Betting Odds

France were dreaming off an upset win over Ireland when Teddy Thomas’ mazy solo try gave them a 13-12 lead late on in Paris.

However, Anthony Belleau then missed a testing penalty and Les Bleus were punished by Jonny Sexton’s stunning, long-range kick in the third minute of added time.

Reflecting on the game as whole, though, Ireland appeared in control for most of the match and France must still find much more improvement to get back to somewhere near their glory days.

Judged on their moderate exploits away from home in recent years, we don’t think they will exorcise the demons of such a demoralising defeat in Jacques Brunel’s first match at the helm when visiting Edinburgh.

Punters can get 8/5 for a home win by 1-12 points and that completes our Scotland vs France betting tips.

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Best bets for Scotland vs France

Scotland -5 points @ Evens

Scotland to lead at HT and FT @ 17/20

Scotland to win by 1-12 points @ 8/5

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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.

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