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France v Italy Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

France v Italy Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

France opened up their Six Nations campaign in spectacular style when they beat favourites England in Paris, a performance that underlined the fact that French rugby is in good shape for the foreseeable future. All the talk of the young talent coming through was showcased in Paris with the hosts going 17-0 up in the first 40 min. In round two the French will be looking to back up their performance when they welcome a weak Italian side that should be comprehensively beaten. Former internationals Andy Goode and Craig Chalmers bring you their expert opinions which you can watch below, while tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for the clash.





Round One Recap

A 24-17 result hosting World Cup finalists England at the weekend was the perfect way for France to get their 2020 Six Nations campaign started.

Fabien Galthie will be delighted with his charges although he’ll certainly have had a few words in regard to the second half comeback he allowed the Red Roses, as they failed to score a single second half point.

The Italians continue their misery in this tournament with yet another heavy defeat at the hands of Wales, meaning they’ve now lost their last 23 such matches.

It seems the addition of Shaun Edwards has paid dividends for Les Bleus as that was the first time England have gone in pointless at the break in a Five/Six Nations game since 1988 and they’ll certainly want to produce a similar scoreline to the 42-0 the Welsh managed over the Azzurri last weekend.



France -12 First Half Handicap

The French hold a record of 11 straight home victories against Italy since 2000, with all but one of those coming by more than 10 points and eight by 17 or more.

Considering they conceded 10 or more points in nine of those encounters, you get the feeling that under new defensive management they could contain their visitors to fewer than that margin and that therefore brings the handicap into play.

France -24 Handicap

The Azzurri have lost 48 of their 51 trips in this competition, including all 10 dating back to March 2016. In fact, seven of those recent 10 road games saw them lose by 24 or more points, while they were already behind at the break by 14 points in six.

Furthermore, the two most recent of those outings saw them get thrashed by over 40 points in each and trailing at the break by more than 20 in both of those too.

France may have split their last 16 matches since November 2018, but only twice have they been trailing at the break, leading at that stage in each of their last nine while the exceptions came at Twickenham and the Aviva Stadium.

Indeed, they faced Tier One nations England (twice), Argentina (twice), Ireland, South Africa, Wales (twice), Scotland (three times) and Italy themselves twice over that period, and so one thing that can be said about the hosts is that they’re good starters.

That looks the way to go in this one, especially since they came running out the blocks against pre-tournament favourites England and we’ll back them to stun the Italians early on.

0.5 Pts: France -24 Handicap At 3/4

France -12 First Half Handicap At 10/11






France: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Arthur Vincent, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Grégory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 6 François Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Boris Palu, 21 Cameron Woki, 22 Baptiste Serin, 23 Matthieu Jalibert


Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Matteo Minozzi, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Abraham Steyn, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Jake Polledri, 5 Niccolò Cannone, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Giosuè Zilocchi, 2 Luca Bigi (c), 1 Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Giovanni Licata, 22 Guglielmo Palazzani, 23 Giulio Bisegni






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