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Les Bleus made life difficult for themselves in their late win over Lars Lagerback's side, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to stroll to victory against uninspiring rivals

After saving their blushes with a comeback against Iceland, France will be hoping to make life a little easier for themselves against Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Serbia side.

The former Fiorentina coach was unable inspire his players to victory against Spain in his first game in charge, and now faces another tough task against a French team who are unbeaten in 19 games.

It seems likely that Laurent Blanc’s men will make it an even 20 on Thursday night against an inexperienced Serbian outfit, and they are 8/15 (1.53) favourites to win with Sportingbet.

At 19/4 (5.75), few expect Mihajlovic to get a first win under his belt, but the famously tough taskmaster has undoubtedly already made his mark on the squad.

La Viola midfielder Adem Ljajic was sent home following the clash with the European Champions for failing to sing the national anthem, the first to fall foul of the new coach’s strict code of ethics.

Perhaps this disciplined approach will bear fruit in Reims, and the visitors are at 13/5 (3.60) to hold France to a draw, as they achieved last time the two sides met in 2009.

As predicted, Serbia failed to get on the scoresheet in their loss to Spain, as Mihajlovic selected five defenders in a conservative formation featuring just one striker.

Should these tactics be employed against Les Bleus, it would be difficult to see where the Serbian goals would come from, particularly seeing as The White Eagles have failed to score in five of their last six matches.

France had been strong defensively before their blip against Iceland, so 11/10 (2.10) for them to win to nil seems rather generous, all things considered.

Four of the last five games featuring Serbia have yielded exactly two goals, and the Eastern European side have not conceded more than a couple in 16 matches.

You could do a lot worse than putting your money on exactly two goals being scored in this game, with the odds at a tempting 12/5 (3.40).

France to win to nil at 11/10 (2.10) with Sportingbet
Exactly 2 goals at 12/5 (3.40) with Sportingbet

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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