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World Cup winner France should make short work of Iceland in friendly

Kylian Mbappe France vs Iceland international friendly soccer betting odds

Recent World Cup winner France takes on Iceland, the smallest nation to have ever qualified for a World Cup, on Thursday evening in Guingamp. The visitors come into this match without a win in their last nine outings and struggling for both form and confidence – the Blues are likely to win this one without too much trouble.

  • France is unbeaten in its last 13 matches.
  • Iceland has never beaten France in 12 previous meetings between the two countries.
  • France has scored 35 goals in those 12 games, a rate of 2.88 goals per game.

France to build on World Cup momentum

Not only is France the current world champion, but coach Didier Deschamps has a relatively young squad at his disposal. That means this group of players has a fantastic opportunity to build an era of international dominance, in much the same way Spain managed to do over the latter course of the previous decade and the early years of this one.

Iceland, meanwhile, having surprised just about everyone at the European Championships back in 2016, looks to have hit a stumbling block of late. They are without a win in their last nine outings and have lost their last three matches in a row, including a 6-0 loss to Switzerland and a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Belgium.

It is therefore of little surprise that it is France that comes into this match as the overwhelming favorite to pick up the win and condemn Iceland to a fourth successive defeat. The French are at just -500 to pick up the victory, with Iceland all the way out at +1500 to do the same and end its losing streak. A draw is priced in the middle at +550.

France could put on a show

The wealth of attacking talent in this French squad is almost frightening, and the fact that Iceland has conceded a whopping nine goals in its last two games means that we could well see another rout here. It is of course never easy predicting exact scores, but a 4-0 win for France is priced competitively at +850 and, considering recent form, is not unfeasible.

That would also allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game at -200, while a “No” to both teams scoring comes in at -175. In addition, you can make combos to increase any potential winnings on the game.

For example, you can back a France win, plus OVER 3.5 goals in the game, which is priced at +140. As noted above, we are also expecting goals in this one, with UNDER two goals priced at +400, two or three goals at the much shorter price of +110, and OVER three goals slightly higher at +125.

Given the difference in technical quality between the two teams, this may well end up resembling a training exercise for the world champions. At that point, it simply becomes a question of how many they are going to score.

France to control from the off

We are not expecting Iceland to cause many problems for France at all, which in turn will allow the champions to put on a show on home soil. You can back the French to nil (without Iceland scoring a goal) at just -125, while they are at -138 to score in both halves and +120 to win both halves – all three of those outcomes look likely given the recent form of both teams.

And the French attackers will likely be queuing up to add to their international tallies. PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe, who scored four goals in just 13 minutes this past weekend, is at just -110 to score at any time during the game, while you can back him at +375 to score either the first or last goal of the game. Meanwhile, if you fancy him to score two goals or more, as he did against Lyon, you can go for that outcome at a price of +400.

France should put this game to bed without breaking a sweat as they shape up for a run at the European title in 2020. For Iceland, their golden run has come to an abrupt end.