France - Iceland Betting Preview: Blanc's motivated men far too fired up for visitors

Les Bleus host the Scandinavian side on Sunday hoping to continue their good form ahead of Euro 2012. Adam Bate expects a routine win for the hosts & is eyeing a correct score pick
France are taking few risks in the build-up to their Euro 2012 campaign.

Laurent Blanc’s men have three friendlies lined up - all at home in low-key venues around the country against European nations who failed to qualify for this summer's Uefa tournament.

Sunday night's run-out against Iceland at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes is an opportunity for Blanc’s forward options to showcase what they can do.

The likes of Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud and Manchester City’s Samir Nasri come into this game on a high after historic title wins and there appears to be a healthy buzz in the Les Bleus camp.

France are 1/9 (1.11) with 188Bet to win this game. That price reflects the fact that Iceland have won just one game in their last 12. They are long-odds outsiders at 158/13 (13.15) to cause an upset here.

The draw is available at 7/1 (8.00), but even that is a big ask. On the other hand, Swedish coach Lars Lagerback they will look to keep things tight.

Backing draw/France in the HT/FT betting could be tempting if you believe France can be stifled in the early exchanges. That is a 33/10 (4.30) pick with 188Bet.

But with competition strong in the squad and so many players pushing hard for a chance to shine in Blanc’s team, it is far more likely that France will come out firing.

After all, they go into this one on the back of a morale-boosting victory in Germany.

Back France to lead at half-time and finish the job at 2/5 (1.40) with 188Bet - that is the pick of the bets in this one.

For the best of the value bets, consider the fact that this remains a friendly and, in Swansea City loanee Gylfi Sigurdsson, Iceland do carry a goal threat.

It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the visitors find a goal, especially with the attacking midfielder’s propensity for accurate-striking from distance.

Take the industry-best price of 13/1 (14.00) with 188Bet for a 3-1 France win here.

France to lead at HT and win at 2/5 (1.40) with 188Bet
France to win 3-1 at 13/1 (14.00) with 188Bet

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