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Russia v France Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

12:21 am AEDT 27/3/18
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With Les Bleus looking unsteady at the back recently, Al Hain-Cole is expecting plenty of goalmouth action when they take on Cherchesov's men

France will be looking to bounce back from defeat when they travel to Saint Petersburg to take on Russia in Tuesday’s international friendly clash.

Didier Deschamps’ team were beaten 3-2 by Colombia in Paris last week despite being two goals up after just 26 minutes.

Latest odds

However, they are 4/7 (1.57) favourites with bet365 to put that result behind them by returning to winning ways at the Krestovsky Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Sbornaya were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in their match on Friday but are on offer at 5/1 (6.00) to pull off a shock victory in this one.

Just one of the previous six encounters between these teams has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.

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Team News

Roman Zobnin went off injured against Brazil and will miss out here, while Daler Kuzyayev has left Stanislav Cherchesov’s squad after suffering an injury in training.

Corentin Tolisso and Laurent Koscielny may be involved after missing the Colombia game, while Lucas Digne should be fit to play despite going off with a thigh problem in that clash.

Defensive weakness

Koscielny could well be called upon after a poor defensive performance by Les Bleus last week, where the centre back pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane once again failed to convince.

Les Bleus have now kept just one clean sheet in their last four matches, conceding twice in both of the most recent two.

Having scored twice in each of those previous four games, the visitors will at least back themselves to punish a weak Russian backline.

Indeed, Cherchesov’s men have gone seven matches without a clean sheet and conceded three goals in both of the last two.

Preview and predictions

All in all, even odds (2.00) seem generous on over 2.5 goals being scored for France’s fourth game in five, as well as a fourth in five meetings with this opposition.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Over 2.5 goals at evens (2.00) with bet365 for a 1.5pt stake