France must be favourites against Spain

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Spain don’t have the most promising history against France, and they could struggle again against Les Blues on Tuesday.

La Roja have only won two competitive games against their European rivals, but they have both come in recent years.

France slipped up against a Xabi-Alonso led outfit at the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, and also succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to them in a World Cup qualifier in 2013.

All that would suggest Spain are kindly priced at 2/1.

However, France have to be favourites just because of the strength of their squad at the moment.

Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann are the two favourites to score first at 9/2, while those who are monitoring Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe will be interested to hear he’s at 6/1.

For Spain, Diego Costa is the obvious option at 5/1, but his form for Chelsea has actually been a little erratic. He’s scored two in his last four, but prior to that he put in some very dodgy performances.

Alvaro Morata may be a more solid choice at 5/1. Discounting his place in the pecking order at Real Madrid, the striker has the potential to be world-class, scoring five goals in his last nine games for his country.

It may only be a friendly, but when there’s a World Cup next year, there’s no such thing, and plenty of players will be going all out to impress.

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