France v Bulgaria - Friday 19:45, Sky Sports 3
Since their Euro 2016 heartbreak, France have beaten Italy 3-1 in a friendly but couldn’t break down Belarus in their opening World Cup qualifying game as they had to settle for a goalless draw. They return to the Stade de France for the first time since that Eder winner in extra time to host a Bulgaria side that picked up a win over Luxembourg in a 4-3 thriller in their first qualifying game.
France’s record at home since 2014 is W18-D3-L2, with those defeats coming in tough fixtures against Belgium and Brazil. According to our rankings, Bulgaria are down in 73rd in the world and France have won 16 of 18 unbeaten home games against sides ranked outside the world’s top 25 since 2012 as they were ahead at the break in 11 of these, but just six of their victories were by more than two goals.
However, Bulgaria have suffered a couple of heavy defeats in recent times as they were beaten 4-0 and 7-2 in friendlies against Denmark and Japan respectively and shipping three goals against Luxembourg highlights how vulnerable their defence is. The French will be keen to put on a good show in front of their own fans after the disappointment of the Euro final and so we expect them to win well and are backing them to cover the-2 handicap.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus