Fresh from a last-minute win against Cameroon in their most recent international friendly, Euro 2016 hosts France will be playing against Scotland in their final preparations match on Friday. We have listed several betting tips, including BET365 odds, in this guide.
Didier Deschamps France squad have been backed by bookmakers as the favorites to lift the trophy, and a string of great performances in recent outings has harmonized with this projection. They have won each of their last five games at home and have only the 2-0 November loss to England tainting an otherwise 9-0 winning streak since losing to Albania a year ago.
Scotland, on the other hand, have been struggling recently with a poor performance in their last game against Italy in Malta– where they failed to record a single shot on target throughout the game – highlighting a very unsought for rough patch. Had Italy not been as wasteful as they were with the tens of clear chances that went begging, Gordon Strachan’s men may have been thumped by a more embarrassing scoreline.
Euro 2016 Betting Tips: France vs Scotland prediction guide
According to BET365, the Scots may have to wait a little longer to stage a bounce-back as Les Bleus are 1/3 to give them yet another thrashing. Let alone winning, there is minimal probability that Scotland will manage a draw with odds of 4/1, according to the BET365 odds compilers. And just for the record, France has gone for almost a year without recording a draw while Scotland’s last came in October last year when they faced Poland.
Scotland are 9/1 to come out on top in the Saturday encounter in Metz and sure enough only a very weak France side can allow for the fruition of the slim chances.
Looking into the last 8 matches for the Scots, there has been no occasion where more than one goal has been scored. That not only highlights the team’s upfront frailty but also their defensive compactness, which will be very much needed in what could be their toughest test yet since the commencement of the qualifiers.
Betting tips: France to keep a clean sheet?
That said, the bookies don’t believe Scotland will be able to continue their no-more-than-one-goal trend against France this weekend; Bet365 have offered odds of 3/1 that the game will end in a stalemate or a one-nil win for either of the teams.
Counter intuitively, the last time these two teams met, Scotland won by a 1-0 margin and BET365 are offering odds of 18/1 that this will happen again. France have been on a scoring spree lately, and have scored a total of 15 goals in their last five matches, with their hungry young squad not appearing to stop at anything to impress their coach.
Gordon Strachan himself is a big admirer of the France squad and believes his team are facing legit favorites to lift the Euro 2016 trophy. Strachan thinks that the in-form Antoine Griezmann can play a deciding factor in the France squad.
This being France’s last friendly before they commence their Euro campaign on 10th June, Didier Deschamps will most likely use it as a dress rehearsal and field his most preferred team. That makes it even harder for Scotland who need to prove their readiness for the big stage ahead.
The game is scheduled at 20.00 and will be played at Stade Saint-Symphorien (Longeville-lès-Metz).