A fearsome fixture awaits France against All Blacks, and giving Kiwis a 15-point handicap to cover should pay off at superb 7/4 price with Ladbrokes.
Rugby World Cup 2015 favourites and trophy-holders New Zealand are on an eight-match winning streak against France, and have scored twice as many tries as Les Bleus during the pool stage of the defence of their crown.
All Blacks detractors, who say their group was vastly easier than the others, cannot deny they are streets ahead of the French, and are worth odds-on 1/5 favourites with several bookmakers, including Betway, to win in 80 minutes.
Phillipe Saint-Andre’s side were easily outclassed by Six Nations champions Ireland last time out, and if they were unable to hang with the best in Europe then what chance do they have against New Zealand, who are ranked number one in the world?
France, 4/1 outsiders to upset the All Blacks with BetVictor and most other bookies, are really being let down by a blunt attack. Their back row is heavily dependant on inside centre Wesley Fofana, but the wingers are not pulling their weight.
Although regular Les Bleus full back Sofiane Guitoune has been deployed out wide in an attempt to cover this, he has managed just two tries alongside Fofana, but neither was has been able to cross against elite nations Italy and Ireland.
New Zealand wingers Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea, meanwhile, have nine between them. However easy Pool C proved to be, nothing can take away the strong confidence from the All Blacks camp.
How are France going to stop this rampant wide duo from crossing? They couldn’t contain Ireland in the second half last time out, losing by 15 points to Joe Schmidt’s side.
Couple that loss with the fact New Zealand have won by that margin or more in five of the last seven encounters with Les Bleus, and punters can feel confident about the All Blacks covering such a handicap.
Ladbrokes offer a market at a superb 7/4 price for New Zealand to beat France despite an imaginary 15-point deficit, so that is one sure-fire way to better their odds-on status as outright match betting favourites.
BETTING TIP: New Zealand win with -15 handicap @ 7/4 with Ladbrokes.
All odds were correct at time of posting.