class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the visitors having already secured World Cup qualification, they are unlikely to run riot as they did at the weekend
France travel to Finland for their final game in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group D with Didier Deschamps’ side having already secured their spot at Qatar 2022.
The world champions booked their place at next year’s tournament with an 8-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan on Saturday and head to Helsinki with the pressure off.
The hosts, meanwhile, have everything to play for as a win would guarantee Finland a play-off place, a remarkable achievement given how competitive the group has been.
Finland vs France latest odds
Despite having nothing but pride at stake, France remain the clear favourites, offered at 8/13 (1.61) with bet365, and Les Bleus have won all 10 of their historic meetings with Finland, including two wins inside the last 12 months.
Finland, for their part, are priced at 17/4 (5.25) to record what would be their first ever win against France and they may never get a better chance to beat their more illustrious opponents than Tuesday’s match.
The draw can be backed at 3/1 (4.00).
Finland vs France first goalscorer
It remains to be seen how strong a France side is selected by Deschamps and whether his first-choice forwards start the game.
Nevertheless, fresh from scoring four goals on Saturday, Kylian Mbappe is the favourite to break the deadlock in Helsinki, alongside Karim Benzema, with the two men offered at 15/4 (4.75).
Wissam Ben Yedder could get a rare start, with the Monaco striker offered at 11/2 (6.50), the same price as Teemu Pukki, the shortest priced Finnish player to score first.
Finland vs France preview
There are likely to be plenty of changes to the French starting XI from the side that clinched World Cup qualification in such spectacular style on Saturday.
The doubt is whether a second-string France team is still strong enough to overcome a Finland side on the verge of an extraordinary achievement.
Les Bleus’ thrashing of Kazakhstan at the weekend was an outlier in their qualification campaign, the only one of their seven matches which has seen over 2.5 goals.
Finland have been in solid scoring form during their campaign, yet against the bigger sides Markku Kanerva’s men have struggled, with 2021 seeing them fail to score in matches against the likes of France, Belgium, Russia, and Sweden.
Opposing a high-scoring encounter on Tuesday night therefore makes plenty of sense and looks like the best angle from which to approach this game.
Finland vs France tips & predictions
Under 2.5 goals is priced at a healthy looking 4/5 (1.80) while both teams to score ‘no’ is available at the same price.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
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