Belarus VS France Match Prediction
There have only been four meetings between Belarus and France in history and the head-to-head record unsurprisingly falls in favour of the French ahead of this match. They have won two of those four games, losing 1-0 at home in qualifying for the 2012 European Championship in their only defeat. These nations were also drawn together in World Cup 2014 qualifying and France took a maximum six points from the two matches courtesy of a 3-1 win at home and a 4-2 away victory. Both teams have been on the scoresheet the last three times this fixture has been played.
France should have too much in attack for Belarus, but confidence will be high for the hosts after a pair of wins in their last two international friendlies. Deschamps led France to the final of Euro 2016 on home soil despite some unimpressive performances and they should get the job done.
Odds of 2/5 on France to win in Belarus look to be a fair reflection of the gulf in class between the sides and it looks a reasonable offer from the bookmakers for Deschamps' men to get their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running. Belarus are at 17/2 and the draw is at 18/5, but neither of these options from the match odds market are particularly interesting.
Both teams have scored in the last three meetings between the sides, so 13/10 on both teams to score here looks to be an excellent value selection, while France to win with both teams to score at 14/5 is also very appealing. Martial looked sharp in the 3-1 win over Italy last time out and he is available at 39/19 to score any time in this match, while some bookmakers offer 9/10 on any Belarus player being able to score against France.
Belarus have won their last two international friendlies, so the mood in the camp will be good heading into the start of their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup. There are unlikely to be a lot of changes from the Belarus team that beat Norway 1-0 a few days ago, with the goalscorer from that match Sergey Krivets possibly coming into the side after starring from the bench last time out.
Defenders:- Shitov, Martynovich, Sivakov, Polyakov
Midfielders:- Maevski, Kislyak, Gordeychuk, Volodko, Krivets
A 3-1 win over Italy blew away the cobwebs from Euro 2016 disappointment for France, who are without number one goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris for this game, while Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has not yet been recalled to the squad. Anthony Martial impressed against the Azzurri and could play a starring role in attack for Didier Deschamps' men in this match.
Defenders:- Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Digne
Midfielders:- Pogba, Martial, Matuidi, Payet, Kante