France v Spain Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 24, 2017
Tuesday 28 March – Stade de France – Friendly
Two of European football’s heavyweights go head-to-head in Saint Denis on Tuesday night, with both sides looking to shake off EURO 2016 heartbreak. Given the amount of talent on display in this one, be sure to bet on a few goals.
Spain have a slight edge in recent meetings, winning three out of their last five meetings against their northern neighbours. Although France won 1-0 the last time they faced each other in 2014. It is also worth noting that there has not been a goalless draw between these two nations in their last 20 meetings in all competitions.
Both sides have squads filled with Premier League talent and that knowledge of each other could prove decisive in this game. Chelsea’s midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante should start for Didier Deschamps side, with an attack including Atletico Madrid pair Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro, and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Manchester City’s David Silva and Manchester United’s Ander Herrera should both feature in midfield for Spain, with Chelsea striker Diego Costa expected to lead their attack in Paris.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata and Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas were both left out of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad.
Mata’s United team mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are also both missing for this game.
France v Spain Preview and Predictions
France are in fantastic form ahead of this game, unbeaten in their World Cup qualification campaign, with their only defeats since November 2015 coming against England and Portugal.
The goals of Griezmann will be crucial to France in this one, but the attacking power of Costa, Silva and Seville’s Vitolo will also make Spain a real threat in front of goal.
A French win looks an interesting option, priced at 10/11, but Spain will be no pushovers, and that is reflected in Lopetegui’s side priced at 12/5 to win.
Given the prestige of this fixture, neither side will want to give much away, with a cagey affair likely, a draw is priced at 9/4 and both teams to score is 17/20.
Over 2.5 goals at 5/4
With some of the planet’s best attacking talent going head-to-head, goals are very likely and the history book of this fixture agrees on goals.
France to Win 2-1 at 17/2
France should have just a bit too much for Spain, with home advantage also giving them a slight edge. Both sides should get themselves on to the score sheet, but France’s options off the bench are strong than Spain’s.