Betting preview and free football betting tips for France v Brazil in tonight’s International friendly match, live on ITV4 tonight.
In what could have been a potential semi-final at last summer's World Cup, France and Brazil meet at Le Stade de France with far less at stake.
With some of the finest players in the world on show, though, we could be in for a treat. The match is live on ITV 4 at 8pm Thursday and here are some free football bet tips.
After their narrow defeat in the World Cup at the hands of eventual winners Germany, France have had to face the catch 22 scenario of waiting until Euro 2016 for their next 'competitive' match. Since the French are hosting the tournament, they have no need for the arduous process of qualifying, but will be essentially heading into that competition untested in any other format other than friendlies. Judging by the manner in which Didier Deschamps men eventually qualified for the World Cup, though – through a playoff victory over Ukraine – I'm sure the former captain will be relieved the French are the first name in the hat.
There are of course positives to their run-up to next summer's tournament, Deschamps has the opportunity to experiment. Whether it be with players, tactics or formations, there is far less pressure on results. With friendlies lined up against some of the best sides in the world, one could argue that they are already being tested far more than they would playing competitively against a European minnow.
Since the summer, France are unbeaten in six matches and have already picked up victories against the likes of Spain and Portugal on this run. With one of the strongest squads in world football, this is a great opportunity for some fringe players to stake their claim for the final 23.
Similarly to tonight’s opponents, Brazil also met their demise at the World Cup to the same German side. However, unless you were living with your head in the sand last summer, it was under extremely different circumstances. With Neymar injured and Thiago Silva suspended, the hosts crumbled and suffered one of the worst defeats in World Cup history. If this wasn't enough punishment, Brazil then took a 3-0 thumping in the third place playoff against the Netherlands a game later.
However, since their semi-final debacle, the Brazilians have responded well. Currently on a six match winning streak which has included a 2-0 against bitter rivals Argentina, Dunga's men have also only conceded one goal along the way. Furthermore, striker Neymar has been in electric goalscoring form notching seven times in all of those games.
Odds for Thursday's clash have understandably very little to choose between the two sides. France are marginal favourites at a best price of 31/20, with Brazil just behind at 19/10. The draw is on offer at 12/5 and looks the most sensible bet for our betting preview tonight considering Brazil's fine defensive record of late and the fact France have the home advantage.
Therefore, back the draw outright at 12/5 with Bet365 for our France v Brazil betting tip on predicting the match result.
Moving over to the goalscoring market and there are a couple of players to keep your eye out for. Firstly – and more predictably – Neymar is well priced to score anytime. If it weren't for his unfortunate injury at the World Cup, Neymar would have given James Rodriguez a run for his money in the race for the Golden Boot. The Barcelona man has 26 goals for the Catalan side this season, as well as continuing in his purple patch for his national team with six goals in his last three games.
He might have a silly haircut, but he's definitely the best bet to score a goal in France v Brazil tonight, back him at 13/8 with Ladbrokes.
Heading a little left-field for our third free football tip tonight and we're going to suggest a potential first scorer with France forward Alexandre Lacazette. As always, it's a little bit of a lottery trying to predict who will start matches – especially friendlies – but Lacazette has been in unstoppable form for Lyon this season, and with 26 goals in 28 matches, he has one of the most formidable records in European football.
At 13/2 with William Hill, back him to score first. Should he score second you will get a refund, if he comes of the bench after the first goal you get a refund. It's a bet with a little risk, and with a player of that calibre, it's certainly one worth making.
Match to end a draw – 12/5 with Bet365: signup to Bet365 get £200 free.
Lacazette to score first – 13/2 with William Hill: signup at William Hill bet £10 get £20 free.
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