France is on the verge of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since USA 94 as it head back home to try to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Ukraine.
France was highly touted to win away at Ukraine just as it did last summer during the European Championships when it defeated the tournament co-host.
However, Les Bleus have a lot of work to do if they are to reach their fifth straight World Cup. The team comes back to Paris with a 2-0 deficit to overcome, and it will be hard against a Ukraine squad that has not conceded a goal in its last eight match games.
Even with the likes of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, and Samir Nasri at its disposal, France has been lacklustre over the last year, generating a losing record of 3-4-2 (W-L-T) in its last nine games. But Didier Deschamps knows what it takes to win, and I see a 2-0 France result which can be take at 6.50. The France/France pick in the HT/FT result can be had at 1.95, which is not bad at all, while the -1 handicap is at 2.15.
The outright draw is high at 4.20, and is a pick I'll avoid in the 1x2.
Ukraine has been getting no love from anyone for these games even though it's unbeaten in its last 12 games; which includes five straight away victories.
As mentioned above, the Ukrainians haven't allowed a single goal in over 720 minutes, impressive stuff. Ukraine can be taken for another upset here, with odds of 8.00 for the outright win in 90 minutes - while to qualify it's are offered at 1.40. The double chance for the Eastern Europeans sees a payout of 2.75, so if they win or draw that pick cracks.
In the correct goalscorer market, Ribery pays out 2.25 if he scores today, while Benzema is at 1.91 to get on the scoresheet.