With their opening World Cup match against Paraguay just over a month away, Didier Deschamps starts their preparation for the finals against Per-Mathias Hogmo's menFrance and Norway meet at Stade de France this week with Les Bleus looking to continue their fine winning run and get them in the right mindset for the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Didier Deschamps men had to beat Ukraine in the qualifying play-offs to secure their spot in Brazil, whereas Norway struggled in their group, which included Switzerland and Iceland who had two very good campaigns.
Per-Mathias Hogmo's men come into this game with four losses in their last six games, winning once, that victory came courtesy of beating Moldova in a Friendly.
Go further back in the form book though and Norway have been beaten by Poland, Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden in their last six games.
Despite picking up 12 points in their 10 qualifying matches, that was only good enough for fourth place. William Hill price them at 9/1 (10.00) to win against Les Bleus.
France have been in fine form recently and should be confident of another good result, winning five of their last six matches, including wins over Ukraine and the Netherlands in their last friendly.
With four victories in a row at home, they prefer playing in front of their own fans. Despite looking down and out against Ukraine in their play-off match after losing their first leg 2-0, Deschamps' men came back to win empathically to secure their spot in Brazil. William Hill price them at 1/3 (1.33) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 16/5 (4.20).
Les Bleus have been very impressive at home in recent years, losing only twice since 2010. Since October 2013, they have played four matches at home, beating Australia, Finland, Ukraine and Netherlands without conceding a goal, scoring 14 in the process.
With Deschamps men looking to continue their winning form as they enter the last month until the World Cup, the price of even money (2.00) that they win -1 european handicap against Norway seems like a fantastic price.
This bet would have paid out in five of their last six matches. With Norway struggling for form and results, it's worth backing the French to win in style.
|France to win -1 handicap at even money (2.00) 1pts stake with William Hill
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