France and Colombia ramp up their preparations for the World Cup this summer when they square off at the Stade de France on Friday. With plenty of attacking talent on show, we could be in store for a great game.
Where and when: Stade de France – 23 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France vs. Colombia: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The teams last met in a Paris friendly in June 2008, with Franck Ribery scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the first half.
France v Colombia Predictions and Preview
Colombia go in search of their first victory over France since 1993, although the two countries have only met twice since then. This is a fourth consecutive meeting on French soil, after the teams also played each other in Lyon during the 2003 Confederations Cup.
France are one of the favourites for the World Cup in Russia, and their squad has a good blend of youth and experience. With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Anthony Martial to choose from up top, Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches.
Paul Pogba could win his 50th cap for Les Bleus, while Thomas Lemar, N’Golo Kante and Adrien Rabiot are among the other midfield options. With captain Hugo Lloris in net and the likes of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti at the back, they start as the 8/13 favourites in the betting.
Colombia carry plenty of threat themselves, not least in the form of Radamel Falcao who has rediscovered his form back at Monaco after loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea. El Tigre has 53 goals in his last 72 appearances for the Principality club, and will be supported by a similarly resurgent James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca.
Los Cafeteros are 4/1 to record what would be a highly impressive win, before they head to London to play Australia at Craven Cottage on Tuesday. If you think this game will end in a draw, the odds on that are 11/4.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe has 19 goals so far this term for PSG, and he’s 3/1 to open the scoring with what would be his second goal for his country.
One to watch for Colombia: James Rodriguez has looked like his real self at Bayern Munich since Jupp Heynckes returned to the club, and he’s 5/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: With goals coursing through both teams, you can back both teams to score in both halves at 16/1, as you make some money out of an exciting encounter.