Belarus vs France
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday; 6-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Borisov Arena.
Belarus have a mountain to climb when they take on France at Borisov Arena in the Europe World Cup qualifiers group A.
Belarus failed to qualify in the just concluded Euro 2016, they finished 4th behind Spain, Slovakia and Ukraine. Belarus couldn’t have more difficult fixtures in this campaign, as they are facing France and Netherlands in first 2 games. With their star man Hleb retired, youngster Nikita Korzun is seen as his successor in the team. Belarus are in a 5 team table consisting of France, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Sweden which are all bigger teams than they are. Belarus will be hoping for a better campaign, as they await their first appearance in a major competition since their independence.
France had an almost perfect Euro Campaign, beating the likes of Germany in the semi-final but Portugal was a stumbling block. They held on till the extra time before Eder’s winner snatched the trophy from Didier Deschamps’ men. Deschamps’ men seem to have improved more after the Euro, as they swept Italy side in a 1-3 away win at Italy. Martial, Giroud and Kurzawa were all on the score sheet for France will G. Pelle scored Italy’s only goal. They will be confident of a win in this one as they prepare for another successful campaign.
Belarus vs France: Head-to-Head
Surprisingly, France are not without a spot against Belarus, they have won 2 of their previous 4 meetings, lost 1 and drawn 1. The French men are just 3 goals above Belarusians have scored 5 goals against France, while France have scored 8.
Belarus vs France: Prediction
Belarus are the underdogs in this fixture, but they are not far of the mark. They are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 games, though most of the games have ended in draw. They defeated Norway in their last game, and are ready to surprise France in this fixture.
France are the favourites and seem unstoppable, considering their recent performance and quality in their squad. They should have no problem winning this one if they avoid complacency.
France is bound to win in this game, but they should prepare themselves for a surprise from the hosts
Belarus vs France: Betting Tips
France to win at 4/11 (1.36)
Both teams to score at 6/5 (2.20)
Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95).