As hosts, France aren't required to qualify for Euro 2016, however they are involved in two years of friendlies. Albania are next up and should provide little in the way of opposition.
Euro 2016 is just two years away and France have a host of friendly matches lined up as they prepare for the tournament. They have already got four friendlies under their belt since their exit from the World Cup at the hands of champions Germany in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Didier Deschamps will be a happy manager with his side managing wins against Armenia, Portugal and Spain as well as a draw at Serbia and the hosts will start this match as firm favourites for a win, Coral offering 1/4 for such an outcome.
Albania are one of the least successful sides in the European game, however the signs of a slow improvement are certainly there, a shock victory against Portugal one of their most notable achievements. Of no less importance are their wins over Slovenia and Norway and they will be quietly confident that they can produce a huge shock against France on Friday evening.
The visitors may possess some quality players such as Lazio star Lorik Cana as well as numerous others who ply their trade in Serie A and the Bundesliga, however they will be thoroughly dominated by the French and are worthy of their 14/1 price-tag to triumph on Friday, a draw up for grabs at 5/1.
Deschamps enjoys a wealth of talent at his disposal, Karim Benzema likely to lead the line. Olivier Giroud and Loic Remy will be absent through injury, however compensation will be suitably provided by Mathieu Valbuena, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Antoine Griezmann.
The Albanians don’t have a great record against the major teams, losing 3-0 to near-neighbours Serbia in their last outing and suffering the same scoreline the last time they clashed with France. Should you fancy a repeat of that scoreline, you can get your hands on 7/1 at BetVictor, however we’ll be backing the home side to win with a two-goal handicap, Sky Bet offering 15/8 for such a result.
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema will be aiming to fill the void left by the missing Loic Remy and he looks good to get his name on the scoresheet, having scored in each of his last four appearances for Real Madrid. Should he manage his 26th international goal in this encounter, you can grab yourself a decent 10/11 at 888sport.
With two years of international friendlies ahead, France will be eager to continue winning ways with a victory over the Albanians and we think they will easily achieve that.
Our betting tips
France win with two-goal handicap – Sky Bet 15/8
Anytime goalscorer, Karim Benzema – 888sport 10/11
All odds were correct at time of posting.