Didier Deschamps' side will need to produce a fantastic performance if they are to turn the play-off tie around in Tuesday’s return leg in Paris.
France are chalked up as just 2/5 (1.40) favourites with Coral to claim second-leg success while les Bleus can be backed at 15/8 (2.88) with the same firm to overturn their two-goal deficit to qualify for next summer's showpiece.
Ukraine, though, are likely to prove formidable opponents on Tuesday night. Friday's victory over France in Kiev marked an eighth successive clean sheet for Mikhail Fomenko's men, who are rated as a 6/1 (7.0) chance with Coral to qualify for World Cup 2014 in style by claiming victory in Paris.
Of course, a draw will be sufficient to see Ukraine reach Brazil and Coral offer 11/4 (3.75) that Tuesday's tie ends all square.
Ukraine are in pole position to qualify for next summer's World Cup and can be backed at just 2/5 (1.40) to knock out Didier Deschamps' side after their impressive first leg performance.
France, of course, will be forced to be the aggresors on Tuesday and Deschamps' side are chalked up at 21/20 (2.05) with Coral to lead at both half-time and full-time.
Ukraine, though, are a well-drilled side and are capable of frustrating les Bleus once more so the 23/20 (2.15) quote for the tie to be level at half-time carries plenty of appeal here.
Fomenko's men are more than capable of keeping things tight in Paris so the 8/11 (1.73) quote from Coral for fewer than three goals to be scored also looks to represent decent value.
It could prove to be a frustrating night for les Bleus and the 9/2 (5.50) quote from Coral for Deschamps' side to win 1-0 - a result which would see France fail to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1994 - is good value for those seeking to back bigger prices.
However, Fomenko's men are a solid defensive unit and, therefore, it is the 23/20 (2.15) quote from Coral for Tuesday’s tie to be level at half-time that is the recommended play for punters here.
|Half-time draw at 23/20 (2.15) 2pts stake with Coral|
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