Didier Deschamps' men conceded a first goal in six home games against Paraguay last time out, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to return to their impregnable best on SundayFrance will be hoping to continue their strong recent form when they welcome Jamaica to Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy in their final World Cup warm-up match on Sunday.
With just one defeat in the last 10, Didier Deschamps’ side come into this match on their best run of form since the former Marseille boss took over two years ago, and are 1/6 (1.17) favourites with William Hill to secure a seventh win in nine.
Having suffered consecutive friendly defeats against Serbia, and Switzerland before drawing with Egypt, the Reggae Boyz are 10/1 (11.00) outsiders to come out on top for just the third time in 22 games.
The hosts were held to a 1-1 draw by Paraguay in Nice last Sunday, and you can get odds of 6/1 (7.00) on them settling for another stalemate this time out.
That draw came as a slight kick in the teeth for Les Bleus, as Victor Caceres’ 89th minute equaliser put an end to a run of five consecutive clean sheets on home turf.
Nevertheless, having conceded just five goals in their last 10 fixtures, Deschamps’ men should be more than confident of returning to form against a team that scored just five times in 10 matches on their way to finishing bottom of the second group stage in CONCACAF World Cup qualification.
That disappointment has prompted German coach Winifried Schafer to look to the future, dropping a number of experienced big names for this summer’s friendly fixture list in favour of a younger squad that includes just six players who boast over 10 caps.
With this in mind, even odds (2.00) seem rather generous on Schafer’s inexperienced outfit failing to score on their way to a third defeat in four when they come up against a solid French backline.
That bet would have paid out in five of France’s last six matches in front of their own fans, as well as eight out of Jamaica’s previous 10 defeats.
|France to win to nil for a 2pt stake at Evens (2.00) with William Hill
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