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France vs Ukraine Betting Tips

Teams Status

The 2020 World Cup winners France are currently placed in the second position of the world football ranking. They are coming into this fixture with a couple of back-to-back wins over Portugal and Sweden. They finished at the top of the third group of League A with as many as 16 points from six matches. They had five wins and one draw under their belts. In the six group matches, they had scored 12 goals and conceded just five goals. Olivier Giroud was the team’s leading goal scorer with three goals. He was well supported by Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Griezmann and Mbappe had three goal contributions each as they scored two goals and also had one assist each. France topped group A in the qualifiers last season and they went on to win the World Cup. Anthony Martial is likely to miss the Ukraine clash due to a hip injury. France would be feeling confident and would want to start well in their campaign.

Ukraine on the other hand are placed in the 24th position in the world football ranking. They are coming into this fixture with two back-to-back losses against Germany and Poland. They had a poor outing in the UEFA Nations League 2020 as they won just two matches. They had played six matches and lost four, won two, earning just six points in the process. They had scored just five goals and had conceded 13 goals in just six matches. In the last season, they just missed out on the qualification by three points as they finished third with 17 points below the eventual runner ups Croatia. All their five goals were scored by five different players. Even for the four assists, they had all different players. Andriy Yarmolenko was the only player to feature in both the list. Andriy Shevchenko has gone with players who are fit to play and have excluded the injured players from the squad.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

According to the Dafabet sportsbook, France are the favorites to win the match and are placed at 1.30, Ukraine are placed at 11.64 and the draw is at 5.71 odds. France are placed at 1.24 according to the 10Cric sportsbook, Ukraine are placed at 10.00 and the draw is at 5.75 odds. According to the Betway sportsbook, France are placed at 1.30, Ukraine are placed at 11.00 and the draw is at 5.00 odds.


Tipster’s Angel

This is expected to be a high scoring thriller as it has been in the past head to head matches. France has dominated this fixture over the years as they have won five of the last eight fixtures and Ukraine has just won one match. So, this match is tending towards France.

Tip: Total Goals Over 2.5 @ 1.80

In the last six head to head matches, over 2.5 goals were scored in four matches. A total of eight goals were scored in the last head to head match which was played recently in 2020. In the last seven matches that France has played, over 2.5 goals were scored in four matches. Even, over 2.5 goals were scored in three of the last five matches that France played at home. In the last eight matches that Ukraine has played, over 2.5 goals were scored in six matches. Also, over 2.5 goals were scored in four of the last five away matches that Ukraine has played across all competitions. With the likes of Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Andriy Yarmolenko it is more likely that over 2.5 goals will be scored at 1.80 odds available at the Betway sportsbook.

Tip: France -0.5 First Half @ 1.81

In recent times, France have been in some exceptional goal scoring form with the likes of Giroud, Griezmann and Mbappe. In the last five head to head matches, France have opened the scoring in four of those matches. Also, France were leading at the end of the first in two of the last three matches. In the last eight matches that France has played across all competitions, they have led at half time in five of those matches. Even, France led at halftime in three of the last five matches that they have played at home. Ukraine on the other hand was the first half loser in five of the last six matches that they have played in all competitions. Apart from that, Ukraine trailed at halftime in all their last five away matches. So it is more likely that France will lead at halftime at 1.81 odds available at the 10Cric sportsbook.

Conclusion

The defending champions will look to start this qualification campaign and the pursuit of their second world title in two back to back seasons with a win over Ukraine who are slightly struggling to get things going. And it is highly unlikely that Ukraine can stage an upset here.

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