France vs USA Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Les Bleus’ World Cup preparations could hardly have gone any better. Deschamps men began warming up by walking all over Ireland, winning by the most comfortable of 2-0 score-lines, while they stepped things up a gear last time out when beating Italy by three goals to one. The attacking strength of the current France squad is there for all to see, so they ought to have their eye on another flamboyant display before travelling to Russia in search of football’s biggest prize.

Unlike the French, USA won’t be at the World Cup. After a dismal qualifying campaign, where the Americans laboured their way to a poor finish, things have been freshened up. Interim boss Dave Sarachan opted for a youthful approach against Bolivia recently, an approach that paid dividends when his young side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. However, USMNT disappointed last time out when losing 2-1 against Ireland, a team who were frankly no match for France just a couple of weeks ago.

Had USA come into this fixture off the back of their 3-0 win over Bolivia, it would’ve been easy to see them at least getting competitive, though after they lost to an Ireland team who delivered an effort that was nothing short of pathetic in France just a fortnight ago, it’s hard to feel that the visitors can trouble Deschamps’ explosive and seemingly unforgiving side.

Pace, power and direct play has been the theme for Les Bleus in their two previous warm-up matches, and they’re unlikely to stray from this approach against a USA side that is none too clever at the back.

Away from the comforts of home, defending has been something of an issue for USA of late. The visitors arrive in France having conceded in each of their last four on the road. They did draw 1-1 away against Portugal in their penultimate away match, but that was more to do with their opponents missing chances, as opposed to any defensive solidity on their part, so such a result shouldn’t lead people to believe that this is a team that can compete defensively against France’s extremely strong forward-line.

Not only did the visitors concede twice against an Ireland team who simply couldn’t handle the French a few weeks back, but they often came under pressure in that match and presented their opponents with enough chances to concede more than the two that they did. Such a performance does not bode well ahead of a match against Deschamps’ powerful attacking machine.

Against both Ireland and Italy, France went forward with purpose, created chances and scored goals. The confidence in the Les Bleus camp should be high, so it’s very easy to see them walking all over this relatively inexperienced USA team. With two promising performances behind them, Deschamps’ side are backed to go to Russia off the back of a big victory.

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