France, despite the injury to star player Franck Ribery, have been tipped to succeed in the tournament, with a relatively simple group and potential second round opponent.
With four wins in their last five matches, including an 8-0 thrashing of Jamaica last time out, Les Bleus have shown they can find the net with ease and will come into this game full of confidence. Paddy Power price them at just 4/11 (1.36) to win the match.
Honduras showed they were a team not to underestimate as they held England in their final friendly in a bruising encounter in Miami.
Luis Fernando Suarez's men certainly didn't hold back in the tackles in that match, so France can expect a physical game this evening. With only one win in their last seven matches, the preparation for the finals hasn't been ideal. Paddy Power price them at 10/1 (11.00) to shock the French, with the same firm pricing the draw at 15/4 (4.75).
With France unsurprisingly favourites, it's worth looking at angles to back them without touching the outright price due to it being a tad skinny. Deschamps' men have been so solid at the back, conceding only one goal in their last five matches, so the both teams to score bet and France to win at 3/1 (4.00) is worth avoiding.
France to be winning at half time and full time at 10/11 (1.91) is tempting with Paddy Power, but the price of Les Bleus to win -1 handicap at even money (2.00) seems to be the play.
In France's last eight matches they have won, dating back to March last year, this bet would have landed in all of those games, with the -2 bet paying out in five of those matches for punters after a bigger price (3/1 with Paddy Power).
With this bet also landing against Honduras in all of their last five losses, expect a comfortable night for France in Rio as Les Blues look to get off to an impressive start.
|France to win -1 (European handicap) for a 3pt stake at even money (2.00) with Paddy Power
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