Scotland vs France
Scotland welcomes World Cup hosts France to Murrayfield for this warm up match. The home team battled to a 25-13 win over Italy last time out although much cannot be read into that result as they played a largely second-string team. They have recalled the big guns for this match with 13 changes made by Gregor Townsend.
The French have chosen to send a very young and inexperienced side as they are obviously still looking to finalize their squad for the global showpiece. This is be a perfect opportunity for Scotland to exact revenge for their Six Nations loss especially as it is a weakened French team selected.
TIP: The Scots have named Finn Russell as Captain, with his leadership skills still to be tested at international level. The home team have two of the most dangerous wingers in world rugby in Darcy Graham and Duhan van der Merwe and they will be hoping that they can get the ball in space. The French team looks light on experience although their backline will feature Six Nations regulars Brice Dulin and Matthieu Jalibert. The bookies have France as favourites but I’m tipping Scotland for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 2.40, Gbets 2.40 and Hollywoodbets 2.40
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Scotland vs France
- France have won three of the last four matches against Scotland.
- The last time Scotland won at home against France was in 2020.
Latest results for both teams
Scotland beat Italy 25-13 in their last match while France beat Wales 41-28 in their last match.
Scotland have a star-studded backline that will rival any team in world rugby but it will be useless if they cannot gain cohesion in their attack. When Russell is on song, then Scotland do well therefore we can expect the French to target him and stop him pulling the strings. The French have their own little maestro at ten in Jalibert and its his ability to bring the backline into play that will cause the hosts problems. Scotland have selected what is arguably their best team and it will be hugely disappointing if they cannot beat a largely second-string French outfit. I am predicting a home win by ten points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell (captain), 9 Ben White, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Matt Fagerson, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 13 Emilien Gailleton, 12 Yoram Moefana, 11 Ethan Dumortier, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Batiste Couilloud, 8 Yoan Tanga, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Paul Boudehent, 5 Bastien Chalureau, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Scotland victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Scotland handicap:
The complete odds on the Scotland handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+3.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+3.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+3.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are great returns on the Scotland upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+3.5), Gbets 1.87 (+3.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+3.5)
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