France vs Belarus: Preview and Predictions

France vs Belarus Predictions World Cup Qualifier 10th October 2017

France vs Belarus
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group A)
Date: Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade de France (Paris).

France edge closer to automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup in Russia with a narrow 1-0 away win at Bulgaria. Yet, they have ample pressure from Sweden who are sitting at a 2 point gap.

This means that the French could lose the top spot if they fail to beat Belarus and the Swedes win at Netherlands. Sweden have a +19 goal difference propelled by the 8-0 thrashing of Gibralter on Saturday, whereas France have a +11.

The Les Blues had some hiccups in recent fixtures as they lost away at Sweden and then were held to a goal-less draw by minnows Luxembourg.

Also, their Saturday’s win at Bulgaria is far from convincing and the poor finishing was once again the main culprit. Moreover, the Bulgarians had majority of the ball possession and created an equal number of scoring chances.

Belarus are out of the qualification race and are most likely to finish inside the bottom two after managing just 5 points from their 9 matches so far. They are one of the worst traveling side in the continent and have managed just 3 wins in six editions of World Cup qualifiers.

This term, Belarus lost all their four away games, one of which is against the lowest ranked Luxembourg.

France vs Belarus: Head-to-head

Belarus defeated France 1-0 at Paris in their first ever meeting in a qualifying fixture back in 2010. Since then, the French are unbeaten in four games with 2 wins and 2 draws.

The reverse of the corresponding fixture at Borisov was a disappointing goal-less draw.

France have a home record of 1 win and 1 loss from two previous qualifying fixtures against Belarus. The win came in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for 2014 edition by a 3-1 margin.

France vs Belarus: Head-to-head

France have the perfect opportunity to win the group in style and thereby qualify for the World Cup in Russia. But, they need to make sure that Didier Deschamps must make sure that complacency won’t be an issue here.

To their utmost favour is the poor away form of Belarus in the World Cup qualification campaigns. They haven’t beaten an higher ranked side away from home since surprising Scotland back in 2005. And their current streak is a 10 match losing streak.

So, there is every reason to believe that France are in for a big win to wrap up the group stage.

Correct Score Prediction 4-0 France for 7.00 odds with 888Sport.

France vs Belarus: Bet Tips

Over 1.5 first half goals for 1.85 odds with MyBet is my main pick for this game.

Value is in backing Full Time Handicap -3 for 2.80 odds at Betfair.