Italy vs France Betting Tip France -21 handicap – 6th February 2021

France to coast to an easy opening victory in Rome

J.Hayward / Italy ©IMAGO / Independent Photo Agency 02/22/2020

Italy Italy vs France
6th February 1645hrs
Rugby – Italy – Six Nations
Pick France – 21 handicap
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: Even money odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February

This is the opening fixture of the 2021 Six Nations tournament.

Last year’s runners up France will be looking to kick their campaign off with a strong start.

With Italy expected to collect the wooden spoon at the end of the tournament, what kind of challenge can they put up?

Surely Les Bleus will be able to make the most of this easy opener?

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Italy Preview – Can the Italians stop France?

It is no surprise in Six Nations rugby betting to see Italy go as the underdogs for this or any of their fixtures.

They are a current quote of 11/1 in the match outright in rugby betting* (odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February).

In last season’s campaign, they failed to get a single point on the board, not even a bonus.

So straight away for betting on this fixture we have to look for alternatives beyond the match outright.

Italy met France back in the Autumn Nations Cup in November and were beaten 36-5.

That was against a much-weakened French outfit as well.

The Italians had been in tough at the midway point but were then blown away.

The factor with Italy is staying the course of 60-80 minutes of a match.

It’s not unreasonable to see them be relatively in touch with Les Bleus at half time on the weekend.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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(odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February)


So we are going to make a play for an Italy +10 1st Half handicap at 10/11 odds* (odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February).

They have gotten a couple of key players, more experienced players that is, back into their line up.

There’s a home advantage for them as well.

So while we can see them losing the game if that game is broken down in halves, then Italy can stay close over the first period.

The scoring threat of Italy is nothing like that of Frances, and even with the boot, it’s unlikely Italy are going to keep second-half pressure on the visitors.


France Preview – Les Bleus to kick off the season in style

Last season’s Six Nations runner up France look ready to roll on to potentially better things this season.

2020 was such a fantastic year for them as they won all but two of their nine fixtures played.

France are 1/25 favourites in the match outright, offering nothing of interest to punters there.

So it basically is all about how big of a win that the French can get.

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We don’t think it is unreasonable to look at a France -21 handicap at even money* (odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February).

They should be at least three converted scores better than the Azzurri, even away from home.

France were that good last year and we would expect them to come out sharp.

France have only suffered two victories in Rome and the visitors are at full strength as well.


Italy vs France Betting Advice

Italy are now on a 27 match losing streak in the Six Nations. That’s just a horrible run of form.

In last season’s opener, they were smashed 42-0 by Wales and it’s hard to see them being competitive for the full duration of this one.

No upset is expected in this one.

So our top pick for Six Nations Rugby betting is going to France -21 handicap at evens* (odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February).


Key Facts – Italy vs France Betting Tip

    • Italy have lost their last 27 Six Nations fixtures
    • Italy have just two home wins over France
    • France won 7 of 9 matches in 2020

France, guided by scrum-half Antoine Dupont, should run rampant in the second half of this fixture.

But we do expect Italy to at least scrap well in the first period on home turf.

So the Italy +10 first half handicap at 10/11 looks viable* (odds taken 13:13GMT, Thursday, 4th February).

France are just stacked with massive attacking threats all over the pitch and should be comfortable on their trip to Rome.


The best betting odds for Italy vs France

Italy to win: 11/1 at Bet365
Draw: 50/1 at Bet365
France to win: 1/25 at Bet365