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Frances vs Wales – Wales look to make up for their World Cup disappointment
France finished second in Euro 2016 last season and will want to do better and win the World Cup 2018 after the frustration in losing in front of their home fans to Portugal. The French squad is full of quality and they recently recalled Anthony Martial to the squad after the Manchester United winger started the season in good form. This is compared to last season when he lacked focus, but now he is fighting to be in the 23-man squad next summer.
Didier Deschamps the manager will be targeting at least a semi-final place at the World Cup and the draw for the group stages will be made at the beginning of December. They will also be boosted by the return to fitness of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba later in the season – the Premier League central midfielders have both had injuries.
In Group A qualification and 10 games, France finished top of the group ahead of Sweden, but it was not an easy task. Sweden were very strong in attack and beat France in June. Meanwhile, Les Bleus dropped points against Belarus and if the Netherlands were not so inconsistent then they may not have finished first.
However, Wales would have been happy just to reach the play-offs. They did not have the quality or consistency to finish higher than that and they were behind Ireland, who beat them in the final matchday to get second play and a play-off against a strong Danish side. The Dragons’ best player is undoubtedly Gareth Bale, but the Real Madrid star picks up a lot of injuries and was not available in their final qualifiers, or against France on Friday night.
The Welsh must now try to qualify for Euro 2020, and the qualification will start for this next year, so the match in Paris will be a good opportunity to practice for this. The odds at Tipbet have France as most likely to win – they can be backed at 1.25 in the match winner markets. Wales are at 12.5 and it would be one of the best results in their recent history if they were to win.
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