France will be looking to follow up their 4-0 victory over the Netherlands with another emphatic win when they welcome Luxembourg to the Stadium de Toulouse for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.
Three points clear at the top of Group A with three games left to play, Didier Deschamps’ men are overwhelming 1/125 (1.01) favourites with MarathonBet to move one step closer to a place in the finals by coming out on top once again.
However, d'Roud Leiwen secured their first victory of the qualification campaign by beating Belarus 1-0 on Thursday, and are on offer at 95/1 (96.00) to pull off an even greater upset here.
Only one of the hosts’ last 10 World Cup qualifiers have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 55/1 (56.00) available on them being forced to settle for a single point in this one.
While an emphatic win over a traditional heavyweight of world football is not to be underestimated, Les Bleus’ victory over the Netherlands was arguably less impressive than their opponents’ result on Thursday.
Not only did the 1-0 victory over Belarus represent just a fifth win in 131 World Cup qualifiers (a record that includes 118 defeats, 424 goals conceded and just 68 scored), it was also achieved with a severely understrength starting 11.
Missing 10 first team regulars through injury or illness, Luc Holtz was forced to play a largely inexperienced line-up that included three debutants whose average age was just 19.
Although cause for great praise and celebration, it is difficult to see the understrength minnows achieving similar success as they take a considerable step up in class on Sunday.
Drained by the considerable effort put in at the Stade Josy Barthel, the guests could be in for a severe comedown against a French team on a high after their own impressive win.
Having lost 5-0 to the Netherlands in their previous qualifier away from home, odds of 119/100 (2.19) are well worth backing on a weakened Luxembourg losing by at least the same scoreline in Toulouse.
|France (-4.5) to win for a 1pt stake at 119/100 (2.19) with MarathonBet|