There is a great gulf in quality between these teams but our tipster is backing the minnows to keep things tight against Didier Deschamps’ charges
France’s World Cup qualification campaign continues with a meeting against minnows Luxembourg on Saturday evening.
Les Bleus were finalists at Euro 2016 last summer – a tournament that they, of course, hosted, but their dreams of a third major tournament success in 18 years were ended in dramatic fashion as Portugal claimed a stunning success in the showcase final.
Didier Deschamps’ men appeared to be suffering something of a hangover from that bitter disappointment as this campaign kicked off, for France were held to a dismal draw with Belarus in their opening Group A fixture.
Les Bleus have since found their feet, however, picking up maximum points from their last three qualifiers, including vital victories against both Netherlands and Sweden; as a result, Didier Deschamps’ men go into this round of fixtures sitting proudly atop their section.
Luxembourg have collected just a solitary point from their opening four fixtures on the road to Russia and there seems little chance of an upset this weekend, for Luc Holtz’ side have won just one of their last 13 games, avoiding defeat in just one of their last nine outings.
France are red-hot favourites to maintain momentum by winning this one and Deschamps’ charges can be backed at just 1/25 (1.04) to pick up another three points in Luxembourg.
Holtz’s underdogs have scored in five of their last six fixtures and there is 11/5 (3.20) that there are goals at both ends during Saturday’s showdown.
France, however, have conceded just three goals inside normal time in their last eight matches in all competitions and that defensive discipline could prove pivotal ahead of this qualifier; given the huge gulf in class between the nations, the 7/5 (2.40) quote for France to win by more than three goals could well prove popular.
Luxembourg, however, have lost just two of their last 14 matches by a margin greater than two goals and Holtz’s charges will aim to frustrate the French with a dogged performance.
The home side (+3), therefore, could offer decent value for punters at 11/10 (2.10) in Paddy Power’s handicap market ahead of Saturday’s showdown.