France vs Namibia
Hosts France welcome Namibia to Marseille for these teams third match of Pool A. The minnows from Africa could not have asked for a more difficult follow up match after losing 71-3 to New Zealand last time out. France will have a point to prove after their lackluster 27-12 win over Uruguay in the last match. They have responded by selecting a full-strength team for this match. Jonathan Danty and Cyril Baille are coming in for their first match after injury which will delight the home team. Namibia will be hoping for rain as this is the only way they can prevent a cricket score in this match.
TIP: If France played the World Cup final tomorrow, this will be the strongest team they can select with the exception of Grégory Alldritt. The La Rochelle eighth man has an injury niggle with his place taken by Anthony Jelonch who is in urgent need of game time after his injury. The Welwitschias have also freshened up their team with nine changes but it remains to be seen if these changes further weaken the team. The bookies have France as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.01, Gbets 1.01 and Hollywoodbets 1.01
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
France vs Namibia
- France have won the only two previous matches against Namibia.
- These teams last met in 2007 with France winning 87-10.
Latest results for both teams
France beat Uruguay 27-12 in their last match while Namibia lost 71-3 to New Zealand in their last match.
The French outside backs will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a Namibia team resting a few first team regulars. This is a major gamble by the Welwitschias as they seek to keep their players well rested for their final pool game against Uruguay. Les Blues have class throughout the team but it is the return of Danty that will excite most of the home crowd. The powerhouse centre is unstoppable when he gets into his groove which opens up space for the likes of Captain Anton Dupont and Matthieu Jalibert. The best Namibia can do is slow the French ruck ball or a century of points for France could be on the card. I am predicting a French win by 86 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 François Cros, 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille
5-Andre van den Berg, 14-Gerswin Mouton, 13-Johan Deysel (capt.), 12-Danco Burger, 11-JC Greyling, 10-Cliven Loubser, 9-Jacques Theron, 8-Prince Gaoseb, 7-Johan Retief, 6-Max Katjijeko, 5-Adriaan Ludick, 4-Mahepisa Tjeriko, 3-Aranos Coetzee, 2-Louis van der Westhuizen, 1-Desiderius Sethie
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the France victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the France handicap:
The complete odds on the France handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-67.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-67.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-67.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There is no money to be made on the France outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-67.5), Gbets 1.87 (-67.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-67.5)
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