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  • France vs Wales Predictions: Visitors to Struggle Without Bale

France vs Wales Predictions: Visitors to Struggle Without Bale

20:00 Friday 10 November 2017
Simon Harrison
  • France have lost just once at home since mid-2015 - France to Win to Nil — 17/20 William Hill
  • Wales should put up a fight until the break in Paris - Half Time Draw/ Full Time France — 3/1 Unibet

Match Preview

Gareth Bale is confirmed out with an injury problem, ahead of our France vs Wales preview and football odds, which takes a huge offensive threat out of Chris Coleman’s armoury heading into Friday evening.

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The Real Madrid forward has been struggling with different injuries all season and will be set to miss a long period as a result. Wales have been one of the most resurgent nations in recent months and years, but without cutting edge they can do little aside from trying to stay in games.

Our France vs Wales predictions are based off the sheer quality that Les Bleus boast, which makes a comfortable home win the way that we have gone within our tips for international friendlies.

Didier Deschamps has recently renewed his contract as France boss, and therefore he will be keen to celebrate that occasion with a comfortable victory at Stade de France with an exciting selection of players.

France vs Wales Prediction and Betting Advice

France have kept clean sheets in two of their last three home games, with Luxembourg and the Netherlands kept out. Given that the hosts boast the likes of Samuel Umtiti at centre-back, who has been phenomenal with Barcelona this season, Wales should have a tough time breaking the hosts down.

Although the visitors have done well on the road in recent World Cup qualifiers, their group was not the most punishing. Against France, who have included the likes of Nabil Fekir and Anthony Martial in their most recent squad, there are plenty of players with a point to prove offensively that should have joy against the visitors. William Hill offer the best value on Les Bleus winning to nil.

The away side will likely sit deep and use a five-man defence, with this friendly a way to test their resolve without a key player. Logically, they should lack some pace and cut edge up top with Coleman presumably happy with his team’s performance so long as they can compete with France.

Our France vs Wales bets do give the away side some credit, however. They are unbeaten in their last five consecutive away matches, keeping clean sheets in three of their last four outings on the road in World Cup qualification. They will be a tough nut to crack, and it may take Deschamps’ men a little bit of probing in order to do so themselves.

Given that it was not too long ago that Luxembourg managed to make the trip to France and keep a clean sheet, Wales will take some confidence from that. They may not have the sharpest attack and will likely fall short of the mark due to that fact, but they can compete and hold out for long periods. Unibet offers the best value on the away side making it until the half-time break before crumbling.

Our France vs Wales betting tips back a home victory in any eventuality, but the visitors should make life tough for them, even without their star Bale. Les Bleus have a point to prove after Deschamps’ renewal and Friday is the first step towards doing just that.

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