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Wales vs France: Hosts have great head-to-head record

Kick-off: 1645, 22/02/2020

Stadium: Principality Stadium

TV: BBC

Wales have won eight of their last nine encounters with France, but only one of those contests was settled by more than 10 points.

The four most recent meetings have been incredibly close, with the aggregate score 76-71 in favour of the Dragons, following October’s 20-19 World Cup triumph.

Punters can get 7/5 for a home victory by 1-12 points and that is our initial Wales vs France prediction.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

Wales saw their hopes of back-to-back Grand Slam successes ended after following up a 42-0 drubbing of Italy by going down 24-14 in Ireland.

However, the defending champions did create some good chances in Dublin and we feel it would be foolish to desert them at this stage.

Wing Josh Adams, who has scored 10 tries in his last eight Tests, and talisman fly-half Dan Biggar both went off during that game but have since returned to full training.

Assistant coach and forwards specialist Jonathan Humphreys said: “We felt we didn’t play well, but we had loads of opportunities to get into the game and possibly win it.”

Wales continue to look confident with the ball in hand and are fancied to have the edge in this contest from the outset.

Les Bleus will not go down without a fight, but 17/20 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time appeals from the Wales vs France odds.

A Look At France’s Betting Odds

France are eyeing a first Six Nations title in 10 years after beating England 24-17 and Italy 35-22, both on home turf.

New coach Fabien Galthie pulled off a masterstroke when poaching defence supremo Shaun Edwards from Wales and there has definitely been a fresh approach from Les Bleus.

Some of the old guard have been moved on and young guns like fly-half Romain Ntamack are receptive to playing a more positive brand of rugby.

“The atmosphere is great in the team,” beamed lock Paul Willemse. “We have a lot of young guys and have a plan we want to follow.

“It’s about building our own history and we’re starting to do that now.”

However, there were a lot of errors and some trademark ill-discipline against the Azzurri, while Ntamack was far less impressive from the kicking tee than he was at breaking through.

France are also yet to prove they can maintain their progress on the road and Wales will be determined to prove a point to Edwards.

Everything points towards this being a tight tussle early on, but we’re hoping play will open up as the game progresses.

Let’s finish off our Wales vs France betting tips by taking 4/5 for more points to be scored in the second half than the first.

Additional stats

Last result:

Ireland 24-14 WALES

FRANCE 35-22 Italy

Head-to-head: Wales 20-19 France, France 19-24 Wales, Wales 14-13 France, France 20-18 Wales

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