Italy v France International Friendly Match Betting Preview
August 31, 2016
Bet on a draw @ 20/9 with Marathon Bet
Still licking their wounds after losing in the Euro 2016 final on home soil, France have the opportunity to bounce back in a friendly against Italy in Bari. Didier Deschamps was criticised for not seizing the initiative against Portugal when Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured early on in the aforementioned showpiece finale. Will we see the first steps of a more adventurous France team when they take on an Azzurri getting adjusting to life after Antonio Conte?
Giampiero Ventura is Conte’s successor. The 68-year-old boss most recently coached Torino and is renowned for his ability to nurture talented young players. His appointment has been viewed by many as ideal for a passing of the torch between generations. That might explain why Gianluigi Donnarumma received his first call-up. Not that anyone was scratching their head when the 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper was selected. He is brilliant after all. Just don’t expect him to usurp Buffon anytime soon. He’s in the squad to soak up experience.
Another teenager who could actually see some action is Ousmane Dembele. Only 19 years old, he looks like he’s going to be a key player for Borussia Dortmund this season. If he gets on the pitch, expect him to show why Mainz defender Leon Balogun thinks he’s amazing.
Tip: Draw @ 20/9 with Marathon Bet