France vs Fiji
France welcomes Fiji to Nantes for this warm up match for the World Cup. The home team are fresh from winning a thriller 30-27 against Scotland in the last match although this team shows 13 changes from last week. The visitors haven’t been in action since they scored a comprehensive 35-12 win over Japan on their last outing two weeks ago, which clinched them the Pacific Cup. France will be looking at their final combinations heading into the global showpiece while Fiji will want to test their strength against one of the tournament favorites.
TIP: The home team will welcome back Francois Cros after his extended injury lay off and he forms a potent loose trio alongside Captain Gregory Alldritt and Dylan Cretin. Vinaya Habosi makes a much-awaited return for the Fijians while there is pace and power all through the islander’s team. The visitors will need their front row to at least find parity if they are to make this a close contest. The bookies have France as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.09, Gbets 1.08 and Hollywoodbets 1.09
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
France vs Fiji
- France have won seven of their eight matches against Fiji.
- The lone Fijian win over the French was achieved in 2018.
Latest results for both teams
France beat Scotland 30-27 in their last match while Fiji beat France 35-12 in their last match.
The French will look to make a fast start as the Fijians love coming out the sheds all guns blazing. There are bound to be a number of great head to head clashes but none more so than Levani Botia up against the home sides trio as he plays along side them right through the French season. The selection of Caleb Muntz at flyhalf for the Fijians is an interesting call, if he can link up their power packed backline then we could be in for an explosive match. The injury to Romain Ntamack has opened the door for Antoine Hastoy to stake a claim for the number 10 jersey and it remains to be seen if he can transfer his club form to the international stage. I am predicting a French win by 12 points
Probable Starting XVs
15 Melvyn Jaminet, 14 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 13 Arthur Vincent, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Yoram Moefana, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Gregory Alldritt (c), 7 Dylan Cretin, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Reda Wardi
15 Sireli Maqala, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Iosefo Masi, 12 Semi Radradra (c), 11 Vinaya Habosi, 10 Caleb Muntz, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Levani Botia, 6 Meli Derenalagi, 5 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Mesake Doge, 2 Tevita Ikanivere, 1 Eroni Mawi
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the France victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Fiji handicap:
The complete odds on the Fiji handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+16.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+16.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+16.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the France outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+16.5), Gbets 1.87 (+16.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+16.5)
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