Two of the biggest European powers meet at Stade de France for a friendly match that might end up being anything but that. France have impressed during the World Cup in Brazil, while Spain need to make amends for the embarrassing tournament. Considering France play on home soil they are given the edge over Spain according to the best betting agent, even though the visitors have enjoyed winning against the hosts.
France don’t have to worry about qualification for the upcoming European tournament, but since they still need practice, a couple of high profile opponents will keep them alert and open to changes. When France announced their squad, Didier Deschamps stated that the upcoming match will be no experiment, and he intends to field more or less the same starting eleven as in the match against Germany. To their injury list we should add two names: Arsenal’s players Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, but the latter one is set to be replaced by Barcelona’s Jeremy Mathieu.
By announcing their squad for the upcoming match against France, Spain raised more than a few eyebrows when they called up Iker Casillas, after the heavy criticism the player has received during Brazil tournament. Since La Furia Roja need to prove themselves again, and their main players have retired, the players who never got a chance in Brazil like Koke and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla will be tested against France. Diego Costa disappointed at the World Cup, but keeps scoring for Chelsea which is the reason why Del Bosque will rely on him since Fernando Torres did not even receive the call.
Considering Spain haven’t lost against France for over 5 matches, the bet on an outright Spain win at 2.87 odds with the first online sports betting website looks interesting. Same betting market for France is at 2.45 and a draw is at 3.20. France for both halves is at 4.00, Spain at 4.50, both teams to score at 1.95, and we’re betting 8 units on the second half to have the majority of goals at 2.20.
France: Team’s Formation
Spain: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match:
Second half with the majority of goals