Kick-off: 1500, 09/02/2020
Stadium: Stade de France
France were promoted to favourites for a first Six Nations title in 10 years after beating England and are expected to ease past Italy in Paris.
However, Les Bleus do not play in a manner which suggests they can dominate the Azzurri throughout this contest, so the underdogs do appeal with a big start.
Punters can get 91/100 for the visitors receiving 26 points in the handicap market, which is tempting enough to be our initial France vs Italy prediction.
The last time France beat Italy by such a margin in a Six Nations match was back in 2010 and there was only 11 points between them in Rome 12 months ago.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France did us a nice favour when beating England 24-17, as that result landed a trio of winning bets in our preview of that match, including 12/5 for Les Bleus to win by 1-12 points.
Two tries from new captain Charles Ollivon after Vincent Rattez had touched down early on put the hosts 24-0 up at one stage.
Jonny May’s superb brace set a few hearts fluttering, but France held firm to get off to a flying start in this year’s tournament.
New head coach Fabien Galthie pulled off a masterstroke in luring Shaun Edwards from Wales to take charge of Les Bleus’ defence.
The French players tackled like men possessed, showing defensive organisation and commitment that had often previously been lacking.
However, whether they can maintain the same disciplined mindset in a far less high-profile contest remains to be seen.
Looking at the France vs Italy odds, we reckon 9/4 for the Azzurri to score the first points in this game is worth a speculative wager.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy have finished bottom of the Six Nations Championship 14 times and their last victory in the tournament was against Scotland five years ago.
Since then, they have lost 23 successive Tests in the competition and kicking off this term with a 42-0 thrashing in Wales reignited the promotion and relegation debate.
Interim head coach Franco Smith, the former South Africa outside-half who was appointed last November, insists that progress is being made, though.
“It wasn’t a lack of commitment, or a lack of ability,” he declared. “It was errors that forced us into defending too much and then chasing a lead of 14 and later on 21 points.”
On paper, the Azzurri do have enough decent individuals to be competitive at this level, especially in the back row department.
They could also be helped here by forecasted winds and rain in Paris over the weekend, compared to playing in perfect conditions for running rugby under the Cardiff roof.
Let’s hope the Azzurri can at least keep things tight early on, which makes 73/100 for more points to be scored in the second half worth adding to our France vs Italy betting tips.
FRANCE 24-17 England
Wales 42-0 ITALY
Head-to-head: France 47-19 Italy, Italy 14-25 France, France 34-17 Italy, Italy 18-40 France
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