France take on Wales in an international friendly match at Riviera Stadium, Nice, at 20:05 BST on Wednesday ahead of both nations participating at this summer’s eagerly anticipated Euro 2020 tournament.
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Les Blues head into Europe’s major international competition as pre-tournament outright favourites, so Didier Deschamps will be hoping to build confidence by beating Wales.
Rob Page will lead Wales into the tournament in place of Ryan Giggs, who has been forced to stand aside from his managerial duties while facing a legal battle for his alleged assaults of two women.
Having reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, The Dragons’ aims are likely to be far more modest this time around having been placed in a tricky group alongside Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
With both sides still fresh off the domestic campaign, and several substitutions likely to be made throughout the friendly, it’s hard to envisage a goal-fest in Nice on Wednesday.
Indeed, 13 of France’s last 16 matches have seen fewer than four goals scored, with 22 of Wales’ last 24 games falling short of this goal line, too.
As such, my main play is France to win and Under 3.5 Goals at 10/11 (Sky Bet). This has landed in four of their last five victories, including in World Cup Qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia in March.
This covers us should Wales unexpectedly score and France secure a narrow win, or indeed for Les Blues to win to nil up to anything to 3-0.
One man who will be pumped up for them should he feature is Karim Benzema, who is sensationally set to play for France for the first time in over five years having been recalled to the national team squad.
The Real Madrid striker has enjoyed a superb domestic season, with only Lionel Messi bettering his tally of 23 goals in 33 La Liga starts.
The 33-year-old will be looking to make up for lost time after a legal dispute with former teammate Mathieu Valbuena has denied him the opportunity to add to his 27 goals in 81 caps.
6/5 (Unibet) looks a great price for Benzema to score anytime against the Welsh, although I would potentially hold off until seeing if he is in the starting line-up.
Should Deschamps pick him from the start, France to win, Benzema to score & Under 3 Goals for Both Teams Combined is my bet365 Bet Builder fancy at a superb price of 13/2.
Three of France’s last four wins have come alongside this goal line, while six of Wales’ last eight matches have seen fewer than three goals scored at either end. A narrow win would suit both teams.