Ukraine and France do battle with a place at the World Cup the sought-after prize. Read on for our match preview, complete with the latest betting odds and tips, as well as our live betting odds comparison to ensure you get the best prices available on the match.

England did a very good job of making Ukraine look good but in truth Mykhaylo Fomenko’s men are short on quality in almost every area of the field. In contrast France pushed Spain hard in Group I, coming in just three points behind the defending World and European champions.

France suffered just one defeat, a narrow 1-0 loss at home to Spain and with a draw in the reverse fixture to go with wins in Finland and Belarus they are a strong side on their travels.

France are warm favourites with the bookmakers, with the best betting odds for the away win 31/20 with Sportingbet compared to 21/10 (with Bet365) for Ukraine and odds of 12/5 with Sky Bet for the draw.

Given Ukraine’s home record was nothing to boast about in Group H we have to favour France here. The Euro 2012 co-hosts lost to Montenegro, drew with England and scraped past Moldova and Poland by a single goal.

Moreover, France have the class, ability and play-off experience to come through when it matters, so odds of 31/20 for them to get a crucial away win look very good to us.

It is certain to be a cagey, low scoring affair and given we expect few goals – under 2.5 looks nailed on at odds of 13/18 with Bwin – there is always a chance it could be a draw but overall we think the bet here is the away win.


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