France are in trouble in the group stage of the tournament, with Didier Deschamps’ side finishing last in their group after four rounds. However, the Tricolours still have a fighting chance of retaining their place in League A, two points adrift of third-placed Austria. The French lost 0:1 to Croatia in the last round, their second defeat of the tournament and extending their without winning streak to four matches.
In the company of France, Croatia and Denmark, Austria could hardly expect to struggle for the lead. Ralf Rangnick’s squad have yet to surprise – after four rounds, the Austrians are third in the group. They could finish last – France are just two points adrift of the table – and a defeat in today’s encounter could exacerbate the situation.
France look very weak in the tournament, but on the whole they still have a chance of meeting the minimal challenge of keeping their place in Ligue A. For that, the Tricolours need to beat their opponents, and they are perfectly capable of doing so – the French have a massive advantage in terms of the selection of players, and the Austrians themselves, to put it mildly, do not show outstanding football.
We don’t think the visitors have a chance. Our prediction is an Asian handicap (-1.5) on France. PariPesa’s betting odds are 2.15.
France have a quality, speedy attacking line that they will clearly be banking on today – the tournament position obliges the home side to play aggressive offensively. Austria are not known for their defensive solidity, but they have some bright players up front too, so it makes sense to expect an exchange of goals, especially as they have been successful in the last three head-to-head encounters.
Our second bet would be both teams to score. This bet can be placed at PariPesa for 1.99