France - Spain Betting Preview: Why both teams to score looks to hold great value

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes the price of 10/11 for at least a goal at both ends looks too good to turn down on Tuesday night
Few international results in recent years could have been more unexpected than Finland's 1-1 draw against Spain on Friday night.

Vicente del Bosque's side looked extremely lacklustre against the country ranked 84th in the world and the stalemate in the city of Gijon has left La Roja facing the very real possibility of having to go through a play-off in order to defend the World Cup next summer.

In order to avoid such an ignominious fate, victory in Paris is an absolute must and Paddy Power offer odds of 13/10 (2.30) for a Spanish win. France meanwhile, who are currently two points clear at the top of Group I, can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) with the draw offered at 9/4 (3.25).

When two quality international sides, as these two undoubtedly are, come up against one another it is often surprising to find the odds for both teams to score to be seemingly extremely generous.

For example last week's friendly between Brazil and Italy saw odds of close to evens for both teams to find the back of the net, making the job of tipsters somewhat easier, not to mention profitable.

For tonight's game in Paris both teams to score is offered at 10/11 (1.91) which, once again, given the sheer amount of talented attacking players on the pitch for both sides, looks extraordinarily attractive.

France have netted in each of their last four matches, with Spain scoring in their previous nine fixtures. This bet paid out the last time these two side met in October and surely has a great chance of doing so once more this evening.

With a goal against Spain in their previous meeting as well one in France's last game against Georgia on Friday, Olivier Giroud looks a good option for a value bet in the goalscorer market and the price of 23/10 (3.30) for him to net at any time is well worth considering.

Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Olivier Giroud to score at any time at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.