Friendly encounters aren’t always a great form guide, however the French pummelled Ukraine 7-1 here six months ago and there’s no reason to expect a different result this time around. The hosts have won 18 of their last 23 outings at Stade de France, while Ukraine have lost six of their last seven games.
There’s little appeal in backing Les Bleus in the match betting though as 1/4 is hardly a working mans price, and a home victory with both teams scoring rates a much better option.
Despite Ukraine’s poor form and their clear inferiority in this clash, Andriy Shevchenko’s men have managed to net in four of their last five starts including in that horror show here in October.
With the French conceding in all but one of their last seven in Paris, a win for Les Bleus and both teams to score makes obvious appeal and it’s easy to envisage Deschamps side taking their foot off the gas once the points are sewn up.
Despite our fancy for the away side to register, this should be an easy night’s work for France and I am also tipping up a 4-1 score-line in their favour.
Group G kicks off with two of the sides hoping to pull off a shock and qualify from a tough group.
Latvia have won just twice in their last eight games but have only lost once in that time too with the side becoming draw specialists in recent times. They’ll be keen to find get off to a winning start and with 12 goals in their last six games they have some momentum behind them.
Montenegro have seen more success in recent games with just one loss in their last eight and four wins in that time. They’ve scored 11 goals in that time but have kept 6 clean sheet, conceding just twice in over 700 minutes of football.
We’re backing Montenegro to come away with the three points in this game with the likes of Jovetic and Jovanovic likely to be game changers. It should be a fairly tight game though and I am forecasting a 1-0 win for the visitors.
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