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Didier Deschamps will take charge of Les Bleus for the first time when they play host to Oscar Tabarez's La Celeste. Willie Duncan is backing the hosts to grab a friendly victory

Didier Deschamps will be in charge of France for the first time as Les Bleus take on Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay side at Stade Oceane in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

Les Bleus endured a miserable Euro 2012 campaign, losing to Sweden in their final group match before crashing out after a timid performance against Spain at the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

That disappointing showing led to Laurent Blanc’s exit as manager and Didier Deschamps may be tempted to shuffle the pack ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus.

Les Bleus are chalked up at PanBet’s even money (2.0) to get off to a winning start under Deschamps’ stewardship.

Uruguay will be without both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, who took part in the London Olympics as Uruguay’s over-23 players so Tabarez is also likely to take the opportunity to blood a few youngsters.

La Celeste are 31/10 (4.10) with PanBet to record a famous victory on Wednesday while the same firm offer 47/20 (3.35) on the match ending level.

France’s front line is likely to be led by Karim Benzema on Wednesday and Deschamps will hope that Les Bleus find their scoring touch – a 2-0 win for the home side is chalked up at 8/1 (9.0) with PanBet while a 1-0 win is available at 59/10 (6.90) with the same firm – a price which carries considerable appeal considering that Les Bleus have managed just three goals in their last four matches.

A 2-1 win for La Celeste is available at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) with PanBet while the 1-1 draw is chalked up at 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm.

The 53/25 (3.12) from PanBet for the hosts to lead at both half-time and full-time might be good value should Deschamps’ new troops come out of the traps quickly.

However, the 4/1 (5.0) with PanBet for the match to be level at half-time and leading at full-time is outstanding value here as Les Bleus can be trusted to ensure a winning start for their new coach.

 
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France to win at even money (2.0) with PanBet
Draw at half time/France win at full time at 4/1 (5.0) with PanBet


Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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