France V Moldova Betting Tips: France -4 (AH) – 14 November 2019

Les Bleus to seal qualification in style?

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France V Moldova

Thursday 14 November 2019 – 19:45 Kick-Off
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
Pick: France -4 (Asian Handicap)
Odds: 9/10
Bookmaker: Bet365
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Preview: Everyone expects the world champions, France, to be at next summer’s European Championship competing for a prize they came agonisingly close to winning in 2016. Les Bleus will be assured of a place at those finals provided there is no complacency against Moldova at Stade de France on Thursday.

 

France Preview – Les Bleus still targeting top spot?

Group H Results: Moldova 1-4 (A), Iceland 4-0 (H), Turkey 2-0 (A), Andorra 0-4 (A), Albania 4-1 (H), Andorra 3-0 (H), Iceland 0-1 (A)

Good enough to conquer all challengers at last summer’s World Cup but only the second best team in Group H? As things stand France (2nd – W6 D1 L1, GF21 GA5) are well on course to qualify, and would do so with victory in this very fixture at home to the poorest nation in this section. However, squandering a lead in Paris against Turkey last month means they are unlikely to do so as group winners.

That draw with ‘The Crescent Stars’ was costly, as victory would have handed Les Bleus the initiative in the battle to finish top. Instead, they remain second on account of their inferior head-to-head having lost in Turkey earlier in the campaign. The top two qualify, of course, and that is all important, but a team which has appeared in successive major finals would have expected more than a runners-up berth.

France could still usurp Turkey were the latter to slip up, which should eradicate all likelihood of complacency in the French ranks for this seemingly routine affair. The reverse encounter, in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, resulted in a straightforward 4-1 win and with Kylian Mbappe back in the fold after missing the October qualifiers through injury, it is plausible we could witness an even more emphatic margin of victory under the Paris floodlights.

 

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Moldova Preview – Can leaky visitors keep score respectable?

Group H Results: France 1-4 (H), Turkey 4-0 (A), Andorra 1-0 (H), Albania 2-0 (A), Iceland 3-0 (A), Turkey 0-4 (H), Andorra 1-0 (A), Albania 0-4 (H)

The lowest-ranked (175) nation in Group H have stayed true to their billing, struggling throughout qualifying. Moldova (6th – W1 D0 L7, GF2 GA22) have succumbed to seven defeats in eight qualifiers. On the plus side, they shall avoid the ignominy of a pointless campaign by virtue of their slender victory at home to Andorra (1-0) in June. Bearing all this in mind, avoiding a heavy loss in the French capital would have to be considered a small victory.

Even that objective – trying to avoid a big margin of defeat – could prove beyond a team which has leaked goals left, right and centre. Too often the Moldovan rearguard effort has proved futile. A minimum of three goals were conceded on five separate occasions, including the reverse meeting that ended 4-1 inside their own stadium. Meanwhile, only the porous defences of Latvia, Liechtenstein and San Marino have conceded more in Euro 2020 Qualifying than their figure of 22 (almost three-per-game).

The one surprise, and something worthy of at least minor praise, was how they found a way of scoring when these teams last met. That goal remains forward Vladimir Ambros’ sole strike for his country in ten appearances. It was also one of only two his team have managed in this group. A repeat would be an even bigger feat, considering Moldova’s only goal in nine previous away internationals would come against the worst team in international football: San Marino.

 

France V Moldova Key Facts:

  • France occupy second in Group H, level on points with Turkey but with an inferior head-to-head.
  • Moldova have lost seven of eight qualifiers, conceding 22 goals altogether.
  • The reverse encounter finished 4-1 to France, who have scored precisely four times on four occasions in this group.

 

Betting Summary

Victory on Thursday will confirm France‘s participation for the finals which take place next summer. It should, in theory, be a procession in Paris. Not only are they facing poor calibre of opponents, but Didier Deschamps will welcome back key forward Kylian Mbappe into a side that has scored 21 goals in eight qualifiers, four of which coming in the reverse meeting.

Some minnows set up in a deep defensive block in an effort to keep the scoring down and avoid a mauling. Moldova seem incapable of that, shipping more goals (22) than France have scored altogether (21). Therefore this could be an awfully long 90 minutes for the team ranked a lowly 175th, who would score in the reverse meeting but have failed to net in five consecutive away matches – all in defeat.

As is often the case in these types of lopsided fixtures, much depends on the desire and intensity of the favourites. There shouldn’t really be any let-up from France who have notched exactly four goals on four occasions, while the returning Mbappe will should be keen to make up for lost time.


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