Betting tip International: Italy - France

Thursday, 01.09.2016 at 21:00 o’clock (CET)

Italy against France in top-class match

Italy plays a friendly game against France. Both teams want to prepare as well as possible for the upcoming world championship qualifications. It will be the first time in international play that videoproof will be used in Bari. One can expect a close game with a lot of chances on both sides. Kick-off is Thursday at 9 PM.

Current form Italy

The four time world champion played a solid group phase in France. They won their first two games and only lost their last game against Ireland 0:1, but they didn’t play with their top eleven then. New Coach Gianpero Ventura nominated only 17-year-old Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan as well as three other new players: Allessio Romagnoli, Andrea Belotti and Leonardo Pavoletti. Ventura wants to see fresh players on offense and he is counting on youth. Defensively everything pretty much stays the same. The trio Chiellini-Bonucci-Barzagli from Juventus are also playing for the national team. Ventura can count on creativity in the midfield as well. Verratti is the playmaker and Montolivio, De Rossi, Parolo and when he is fit also Marchisio are supposed to bring defensive stability. After the test match Italy has to play their first World Cup qualification game in Israel on Monday. So Italy will take the game against France seriously.

Current form France

France presented themselves very well at the Euro at home and even though they lost in the final they can go into the World Cup qualification with their heads held high. Deschamps seems to have found the recipe of how to form a bunch of individual stars into team that shows team spirit and plays for each other. If the team’s development continues to go like this a lot can be expected from France in the World Cup 2018. Three new players were nominated by Deschamps, amongst others Dembélé from Borussia Dortmund. In total the coach is counting on 18 legionnaires. Additionally Deschamps tries to make the team younger. He nominated Corchia instead of Evra Sidibé for example. On offense Griezmann is likely to score at anytime or give assists for Martial and Giroud. Lacazette and Fekir from Olimpique Lyon will miss Thursday’s test. The Epique Tricolore starts their World Cup qualification for Russia 2018 on Tuesday against Belarus and so they will take the test game against Italy seriously too.

Betting forecast

France seems a little fitter as a team compared to Italy. They are also a little bit younger on average. It is going to be a game with a lot of offensive action and in which small things will make the difference. We believe that France will be able to win away. Our recommendation: Tip 2.

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