International heavyweights France and England get a chance to improve on their recent disappointing World Cup qualifier performances when they meet in an international friendly at the Stade De France on Tuesday at 8pm.
France suffered a loss and England laboured to what, in the end, was a fortunate draw so both teams will be keen to put those results behind them and establish a winning momentum before their next crucial World Cup qualifying games. The last game between the pair was in 2015 at Wembley and was also an international friendly, which England won 2-0.
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The bookies are expecting this to be close but currently the majority see France as the favourites. However, although England have struggled against the world’s better teams in tournaments they generally do well against them with the pressure off in friendlies and new manager Gareth Southgate will be keen to show he has the ability to get results against stronger opposition.
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France will want to impress on home soil in front of their own fans after losing in dramatic fashion away to Sweden in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. They have now lost top spot in the group and after that disappointment they will want to move on quickly and establish a familiar winning mentality before their next difficult World Cup qualifying fixture against an always dangerous Dutch side in August. France have plenty of talent in their squad but this friendly may be an opportunity for Didier Deschamps to have a look at some fringe players after the big stars failed to perform against Sweden.
England’s fans will have had high hopes that in new manager Gareth Southgate a fresh approach to both team selection and tactics would have seen a more exciting and dangerous attacking England side emerge, especially with the amount of young talent he has to pick from. In reality they have displayed the same apprehensive and lacklustre style, with only glimpses of what might be, that saw previous managers criticised. Whether this is down to personnel, formation or tactics, Southgate will see this friendly as an opportunity to try out different ideas and get the team playing the type of football he has talked about wanting to give the fans after the team’s abysmal Euro 2016 showing.
The French have the better record in recent meetings with England, having three wins, one draw and just one loss in the previous five fixtures going back to 2004. Two of those wins were friendlies and one was in a tournament setting.
With both teams looking to reassert themselves after poor performances we can look forward to a competitive encounter, which historically has always had an extra edge. Southgate will be keen to look at different options being new to the role and any players given an opportunity in the England side will be trying to establish their place ahead of next year’s World Cup. Both France and England have lost just once in their last eight games but France’s better head to head record with England is reflected in the odds with most firms including Bet365, Coral and Betway having France to win at 19/20. Better odds then are available for an England win with William Hill offering odds of 10/3.
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You have to go back over thirty years to see more than two goals scored by either side in this fixture so a close game is again expected. The last match between the two, which England won 2-0, was nearly two years ago and much has changed in that time.
We’re favouring a draw in Tuesday’s game in Paris, with Bet365 offering 11/5 and Coral 9/4. You can better those odds by going for a 0-0 at 15/2 with Betfred or a 1-1 draw at 6/1 with William Hill.
Recent Matches Between France and England
- England 2-0 France, November 2015
- France 1-1 England, June 2012
- England 1-2 France, November 2010
- France 1-0 England, March 2008