Kick-off: 1415, 23/02/2019
Stadium: Stade de France
TV: BBC One
Home advantage is usually crucial when France and Scotland clash, with the last five meetings being won by the team playing in front of their own fans.
The Scots came from behind to claim a 32-26 success in Edinburgh 12 months ago, but it is over 20 years since they tasted victory at this venue.
We’re happy to take 3/2 for Les Bleus to prevail by 1-12 points for our first France vs Scotland prediction.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France were blown away by England early on when thrashed 44-8 at Twickenham, suffering their heaviest defeat in this competition since 1911.
Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez have been axed after criticising the management in the wake of that shambolic display.
Toulouse’s 19-year-old playmaker Romaine Ntamack will make his first Test start in the number 10 shirt, with Antoine Dupont slotting in at scrum-half.
That pair have just 13 caps between them, but Jacques Brunel said: “Given our performance, we needed to change things – it’s a sporting choice.”
Brunel has made other tweaks in the backs, but we’re more concerned with the battle up front, where Les Bleus are always strong on home turf.
The French forwards dominated for long periods when Wales visited Paris and only a couple of silly mistakes cost them victory that night.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland kicked off with a comfortable win over Italy but struggled to match the physical power of Ireland in a 22-13 loss at Murrayfield.
Gregor Townsend’s team have since suffered another blow by losing maverick fly-half Finn Russell to injury.
He joins other key performers such as Stuart Hogg, Ryan Wilson, Huw Jones, Sam Skinner and WP Nel on the sidelines.
Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour insisted: “We’ve got a style of play we want to adhere to. All the guys know that, all the guys coming in are more than capable of playing that way.
“Finn has been playing really well and it’s a shame, but these guys are fully capable of executing the game-plan.
“We won’t be changing massively the things we’ll be looking to do based on one injury.”
However, with Scotland set to be working with scraps of possession, being without the creative flair of Russell and Hogg will surely hurt their chances.
Let’s finish off our France vs Scotland betting tips by taking 91/100 for the hosts to oblige by more than six points.
England 44-8 FRANCE
SCOTLAND 13-22 Ireland
Head-to-head: Scotland 32-26 France, France 22-16 Scotland, Scotland 29-18 France, France 19-16 Scotland, France 15-8 Scotland
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