Belarus v France - Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 2
France went some way to banishing the memory of their Euro 2016 heartbreak with a 3-1 friendly victory in Italy on Thursday night, with Pogba strutting his stuff in the middle of the park and Martial and Giroud getting on the scoresheet. Belarus picked up a win of their own in Norway as they look to qualify for their first ever World Cup.
Indeed, the Belarusians are in decent form at the moment, having only lost one of their last eight and they’ve lost only six of their last 18 at home since 2011. However, we have France ranked as the 4th best team in the world and Belarus’s record when hosting top-25 sides since 2009 is as poor as you might expect (W1-D1-L6), as they failed to score in five of these games, though only three of their defeats were by more than one goal.
France have won 15 of their last 18 games under Deschamps, netting 40 goals in the process. They’ve not been the best of travellers in recent times though as they’ve only won six of their last 15 on the road, but we have Belarus ranked down in 95th and Les Bleus have won six of their 10 trips to sides ranked outside the world’s top-50 since 2011 as they kept a clean sheet in six of these games and led at the break in five.
As a result, we’re going to back the French to win to nil and also for them to be ahead at half-time and full-time . After Euro top scorer Antoine Griezmann drew a blank against the Italians, we’re backing him to get back in the goals and be the first goalscorer.