France vs Italy
Date: Friday, 1 June 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice.
France are set to ramp up preparations for the World Cup on Friday evening when they’ll have a super strong test in the likes of Italy at Allianz Riviera. Mario Balotelli will thus get the chance to return to Nice where he enjoyed a stellar form throughout most of the past season. Such form has, however, earned him the recall to the Italian national side.
Such decision, argued by many in Italy, instantly paid off for the newly-appointed manager Roberto Mancini as it was just Super Mario who pushed Azzurri in front to help them notch a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in a friendly played on Monday evening.
France were somewhat more dominant in their 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland on the same day as Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir removed all doubts about the winner with their first half goals.
France vs Italy: Head-to-head
- Italy lead the head to head tie by eight wins coming into 39th encounter with France.
- Les Bleus dominated the match-up in the most recent history, though, winning each of last two clashes with Italy.
- Both teams were on the scoresheet in five of last seven head to head outings as France netted five in last two meetings with Azzurri.
France vs Italy: Prediction
The hosts could maintain the splendid form in matches with Italy and make it three wins on the trot over Azzurri. They seem to have much more quality and depth in their ranks and their confidence is certainly at a much higher level ahead of the World Cup in Russia. If we add the home fans in Nice, we just have to take the 1.65 odds offered for France to pick up the victory here.
Didier Deschamps has some true predators in the final third in the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud and we can hardly see Italy preventing the Frenchmen from bagging two or more goals on the day. The value is strong in backing France to net more than one goal at the 1.85 odds knowing they’ve done so in each of last six games in all competitions.
France vs Italy Betting Tips
- France to win @ 1.65
- France Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.85.