This game needs no introduction, no hype, and no build-up to get players and spectators in the mood. The history between these two countries is well documented. Last year this fixture ended in an English victory – something the French will want to put right. With the respective nations football teams meeting in this summers European Championships I’m sure both nations will want to get one up over the other in this game.
England go into this game still smarting from their defeat to Wales at Twickenham two weeks ago. France, on the other-hand, must be feeling confident after fighting back against Ireland to earn a draw which has kept their six nations campaign alive. This is reflected in the odds offered: France 1.40, England 2.80 (Blue Square).
Interestingly, France have been slow starters in their last two 6 nations games. On both occasions they have had to come from being behind to then go on and get a result. Scotland took a 10-point lead whilst Ireland held a 17-6 lead at half-time. Waiting until the game goes in-play to back the French could be useful. Blue Square are the industry leaders for in the HT result market, with France being priced at 1.57.
England have a similar record in their first two games, where they were down at half-time in both games. In their last game, against the Welsh, they took the lead which they then squandered. This could make the in-play strategy even more relevant.
This makes the HT/FT look worth a shout for Blue Square’s exclusive £30 matched bet offer with England/France priced at 6.50.
This will be a fascinating encounter with the French looking to push and keep their campaign alive whereas England need to perfrom a lot better than in recent games to ensure a victory.