France v Italy Betting Preview – 01/06/18

France v Italy Betting Preview – 01/06/18

France

Didier Deschamps’ France sides preparation for the World Cup continues when they face Italy at the Allianz Riviera in Nice on Friday. On paper the French have one of, if not the best squad that is heading to the World Cup this summer and will be looking for avenge their defeat in the Euro 2016 final with success in Russia.

It’s the second of three friendlies for Deschamps’ side in preparation for the tournament after their 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Monday, which really proved the amount of depth within the French squad. The likes of Antione Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante were all left on the bench as goals from Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were enough for victory and this game with Italy on Friday looks like it should be another victory for the French.

Deschamps has tinkered with his system in France’s last few matches and may do so again on Friday. In March’s friendly against Columbia, Deschamps opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation which saw them lose 3-2 despite being 2-0 up early on. The French boss then reverted back to his favoured 4-3-3 formation for their 3-1 victory against Russia just 4 days later, but then opted for a 4-3-1-2 against the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

It’s clear that he’s still tinkering with his squad to find the perfect set-up for success in Russia and may continue to do that in this evening’s game. Deschamps is likely to bring in some of the players that weren’t involved on Monday, including some younger members of the squad such as Lucas Hernandez and Prensel Kimpembe.

With Olivier Giroud playing the entire 90 minutes against the ROI, Antoine Griezmann is predicted to come in upfront for Les Blues. The Atletico Madrid striker scored 29 goals in all competitions for his club this season and has two in his last three starts for his country. He’ll be keen to carry on his success after a successful domestic season in Spain, where scored two goals to win Atletico the Europa League last month.

Italy

New Italy boss Roberto Mancini has one of his toughest possible tests in just his second game in charge of the Azurri. Mancini took over from Giampiero Ventura after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. The Italian football federation waited until the end of the Russian Premier League season to appoint Mancini after the failed qualification campaign, but they got their man and he’ll now be keen to start his new role in the Italy hot seat strongly.

Mancini started off with a victory in his first game on Monday in a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia. Goals from the returning Mario Balotelli and Torino’s Andrea Belotti secured the win for Italy in that clash, their first in 5 games. It wasn’t the perfect performance from the Italians however, but Mancini will be relieved to get his first win for a nation that’s still in shock over not attending the World Cup in two weeks time.

With a lot of younger players in the Italian squad, Mancini is hoping to create a side in preparation for future tournaments and they already look much better prepared for this now that some of the old guard have moved on, leaving the squad with just three players over the age of 30. The return of Balotelli could be key for Italy; after not scoring over both legs in the play-off against Sweden back in February, the Nice forward could be vital for Italy in the future as well as on Friday, alongside the inform Belotti.

With both sides likely to experiment with their squads, tonight’s encounter shouldn’t be too much of a feisty affair. The Italians will be looking to give some of their more youthful squad members some game time against one of the World’s top sides and will be looking to prove themselves against some of the World’s top talent.

Recommended Bets:

France to win and BTTS: (29/10 at BetVictor) – BET HERE

Griezmann and Balotelli both to score: (6/1 at SkyBet) – BET HERE