France are continuing their preparations for this summer’s World Cup as they host Italy on Friday night, with the visitors being managed by Roberto Mancini for the first time. Didier Deschamps’s side will be slight favourites against an Italian side who failed to make this summer’s tournament.
Where and when: Allianz Riviera, Nice – 01 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France v Italy: William Hill
Last time: France triumphed 3-1 the last time the two sides met, in a friendly in Italy back in September 2016. Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa got the goals for the visitors, with Graziano Pelle on target for the Italians.
France v Italy Predictions and Preview
France have won seven of their 11 international matches since the start of 2017 and will be among the favourites for this summer’s World Cup.
They lost out in the European Championships final in 2016 and will be in a group with Australia, Denmark and Peru for the tournament in Russia.
Italy finally have a sense of optimism after having missed out on this summer’s finals, with the appointment of former Inter and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri have just two wins in their last eight and have not tasted victory in their last four, which included a qualification playoff defeat to Sweden.
The French are favourites to win this game at odds of 17/20, with an Italy win available at 16/5 and the draw priced at 12/5.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 4/6 while fewer than 1.5 goals is priced at 21/10.
A ‘double chance’ on Italy to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 10/11.
If you fancy France to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 15/8.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe, the world’s second most expensive players, has scored three goals in 12 international caps. The 19-year-old netted twice in his last international appearance, a 3-1 victory over Russia.
One to watch for Italy: Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy international fold and he has scored 13 goals in his 33 international caps to date – the most in Mancini’s panel, while he has 43 goals in 66 appearances for Nice.
Long shot: Two of the last eight clashes between these two have ended with no goals, while Italy have just four goals in their last eight games. A scoreless draw after 90 minutes in this game is available at odds of 20/1.