France vs United States preview, betting tips and prediction
Last hurdle for France before the real action begins
France to win with a -2 handicap @ 13/8 with Betfair
France take on the United States in their final World Cup warm up match on Saturday. Les Bleus are among the favourites to win the tournament in Russia, and although they were far from convincing in parts against Italy, they were able to run out 3-1 winners. Paul Pogba had a particularly rough game, being substituted by Didier Deschamps in the second half of the game while being roundly booed and jeered by the fans. It will be the manager’s last chance to find his strongest side before France take on Peru, Australia and Costa Rica in the group stages this summer. Antoine Griezmann looked good against Italy, and he will be hoping to put in another good show as speculation continues over his future at Atletico Madrid.
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For the United States, it will be a long month watching the biggest festival of football happen without them. They are still licking their wounds after a defeat to Panama, who will play England, confirmed they missed out on qualification. But facing France will be seen as a big part of the rebuilding process for Bruce Arena’s side; they need to recover quickly, but they should not be underestimated because they do have a lot of quality at their disposal. Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic is their biggest threat, having enjoyed another very good year in the Bundesliga. Europe’s top clubs are taking notice, but he won’t be enough to help down France, who we see winning this game comfortably.
In terms of goalscoring bets, the usual suspects will be there again for France. Olivier Giroud is looking to become the outright fourth highest goalscorer in the nation’s history, while Griezmann is another good shout. Our tip, though, is Kylian Mbappé to score anytime at 6/5.
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