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France won’t be adding the UEFA Nations League to the World Cup they won last year after losing in the group stages. Next week sees them travel to Turkey for an important Euro 2020 qualifier and before that they host Bolivia in a friendly. The South American side will be looking fo a good performance ahead of the 2019 Copa America tournament.
It’s nearly a year since France won the World Cup and they have had a mixed time since that triumph. They failed to get past the Netherlands and Germany in their UEFA Nations League group so won’t be heading off to Portugal next week for the finals.
It was the Netherlands who progressed to the finals and it was a 2-0 home win that gave them the upperhand. That’s the only defeat the French have suffered in eight games played since their triumph last summer. They have bounced back well from that defeat with three wins. It’s 1/10 (1.1) at Bet365 that they make it four in a row with a victory over Bolivia.
Firstly, they had a home win over Uruguay in a friendly and then they began their Euro 2020 campaign. A 4-1 win at Moldova was followed by a 4-0 home thrashing of Iceland, so six points out of six and they lead their group on goal difference from Turkey, who they just happen to meet next week in a tricky away match. France are 4/7 (1.57) at Betfred to win that qualifier.
Before that though, they have this friendly against Bolivia and they will want a good performance against the South Americans. They have won six of their last eight home games since a 3-2 defeat by Colombia last March. The French side has a history of losing friendlies played in March but should have few problems getting a win over Bolivia. You can get odds of 2/5 (1.4) at Coral on France winning this game and leading at both half and full time.
Bolivia are in poor form and won”t be looking forward to their next two games. This trip to the world champions is followed by a Copa America opener against hosts Brazil. Tough assignments indee for the country ranked 63 in the world and without a win all year. The odds on them beating France are 45/1 (46.0) if your bet is placed with Ladbrokes.
They have gone six games without a win since a win away at Myanmar who are down at 140 in the FIFA World Rankings. That’s their only victory since September 2017 and the South Americans have only scored in one of their last five matches. The game in which they did score was a 2-2 home draw with Nicaragua, coming from two goals down and needing an own goal to get level. It’s 9/1 (10.0) at Betway that this match ends in a draw.
France have won two and drawn one of their three previous games against Bolivia. They have scored eight goals in those matches and you can get 8/15 (1.52) on France scoring at least three goals in this match.
The home side will be without Moussa Sissoko and Hugo Lloris for this friendly as both are with Tottenham for the Champions League final.
Giroud in Form
Olivier Giroud is in good form at present and scored in the Europa League final on Wednesday. He’s also been on target for France in their last three internationals. He’s 8/11 (1.72) at BetVictor to score in this match.
France have an awkward away game in Turkey next week and will want a confidence-boosting win from this match but no injuries. They have scored eight goals in their last two internationals with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Greizmann and Olivier Giroud each scoring twice in those matches. A bet on France to win to nil is 4/9 at BoyleSports.