France vs Colombia Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: One of the World Cup favourites, France, hope to continue their good form going into this summer’s tournament as they host Colombia in this international friendly.
Last time: Les Bleus were narrow 1-0 winners in this fixture back in another friendly in 2008. Frank Ribery scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
This time: France start as heavy favourties at 3/5, with the draw at 29/10 and Colombia out at 19/4 for an away win.
You might remember: The only competitive match these two have ever shared was in the 2003 Confederations Cup, when a Thierry Henry penalty was enough for a 1-0 victory for Les Bleus.
France's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 2 Lost: 0
Wissam Ben Yedder has received his first French call-up and will be looking to get some minutes after his Champions League heroics against Manchester United. Premier League players Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Laurent Koscielny and Hugo Lloris are all in the squad.
Colombia's Last Six:
Won: 1 Drawn: 3 Lost: 2
Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado is absent for Colombia due to injury, but James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao return after missing some recent games for their respective clubs. Both players have returned to form after difficult patches and will be keen to impress.
As we enter the final 100 days until the start of the World Cup this summer in Russia, both of these two sides will be looking to build some momentum going into the tournament – in this international friendly preview, we will be picking out some of the best odds.
France are tipped by many as potential champions and their squad is full of the highest quality, whilst Colombia also boast two of the best in world football in Falcao and James.
France start the game as favourites at 3/5 and will be looking to extend their current unbeaten run to eight games. Colombia qualified from the South American pool in fourth place and are in a World Cup group alongside Japan, Poland and Senegal. They have only won one of their last six games and have just four wins in their last 12 games in all competitions, but they do have a number of well known players who ply their trade at some of Europe’s top clubs.
In these international friendlies, it is difficult to know how the teams will play as the emphasis is more on getting players used to each other again and building towards the World Cup. France love to dominate possession and have exceptional pace up front, which is why they are so fancied this year. Three of their last four wins have been to nil and one of our top football predictions for today is France to win to nil at 6/4.
Colombia, on the other hand, have conceded in four of their last five games and over 2.5 goals has occurred in all four of their last four friendlies. France have scored at least two goals in their last four friendlies and for them to repeat that feat here looks to be another of our tempting football predictions at 4/6. Over 2.5 has resulted in three of France’s last three friendlies also, so over 2.5 goals at 5/6 looks a good way to go here.
With the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and more, it is hard to not see France scoring a few goals. Colombia’s main men, James and Falcao, have both been injured recently and could be managed carefully in terms of game time here, so could find it difficult to cope against this French side. France to win and over 2.5 goals looks like the best football prediction in this game on the basis of past form and overall ability. At 5/4, that is one of our best free football betting tips for this game.
Predicted Score: France 2 - 1 Colombia
Look out for:
France to win to nil at 6/4 looks good value in the circumstances and is normally a bet you can bank on when France are playing at home.
France to win and over 2.5 goals at 5/4. France have some of the best attacking footballers in the world at their disposal and have the ability to run riot when they are in full flow – you have to fancy goals when this French side are playing.
It’s a long shot, but:
France to win 4-0 could be one of the more lucrative football score predictions at 22/1. As we have already mentioned, this French side is full of prolific goalscorers and as they won by this margin against Holland last year, they have done it before.
Written by Marcello Cossali-Francis
Marcello Cossali-Francis considers sport, particularly football and rugby, to be an essential part of life. A half-Italian half-Welsh Liverpool and Juventus fan, Marcello enjoys every high and every low that sport brings.