Betting predictions – Belarus vs France – WC 2018 Qualifiers
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Set to kick off at 19:45, the duel between Belarus and France will be held at “Borisov Arena”, where I expect a first half full of intensity from the visitors.
Belarus is without a doubt the clear underdog in this match-up and has little fighting chance due to its much thinner squad value wise. The team from Belarus is not such a competitive side, as their most remarkable performance took place in 2002, when they finished 3rd in their qualification group for the World Cup, only 2 points shy of the play-off match. As far as the road to France is concerned, Belarus only finished 4th in a group with Spain, Slovakia, Ukraine, Luxemburg and Makedonia. In the 10 games they played, they managed to acquire 11 points following 3 victories, 2 draws and 5 bitter defeats. The team coached by Alyaksandr Khatskevich is coming into this game with good morale, after winning a friendly game against Norway at the smallest of margins.
France needs no presentation, as they are one of the elite sides in football, with plenty of silverware in their cabinet. France was the host country of the 2016 Euro. In front of their home fans, they managed to lead a group with Romania, Albania and Switzerland. In the knock-out rounds, they got past Ireland, Iceland and afterwards Germany, losing in the final act at Stade de France against Portugal. The goal that broke the deadlock was scored in the 109th minute, despite of the fact that Didier Deschamps succeeded in neutralising the Portuguese’s main threat – Payet seriously injurying Cristiano Ronaldo. It is worth mentioning the fact that France has only been defeated twice this past year, with a record of 15 victories and a single draw. Their last friendly game took place only 5 days ago and they defeated Italy with 3-1 away from home.
Gorbunov – Shitov, Martynovich, Sivakov, Polyakov – Kislyak, Maevsky – Gordejchuk, Kalachev, M.Volodjko – Krivets
Mandanda – Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Kurzawa – Pogba, Cante, Sissoko, Payet – Griezmann, Giroud
As far as tonight goes, I expect France, the nation with more talented players and with more experience to easily obtain all of the three points at stake here. Didier Deschamps’ squad will make its dominion felt from the very first minutes of the game, given the fact that it’s opponent is quite an accesible one.