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Scotland v France: attacking French to run in the tries

| 25.02.2012

France are almost certain to attempt to play an expansive attacking game against Scotland and that is why 11/8 looks big value that Philippe Saint-André’s men score at least three tries at Murrayfield.

The French ran in four tries at the Stade de France against Scotland in the last Six Nations and crossed the whitewash on the same number of occasions in their opener this time round, at home to Italy.

That result ensured that Saint-Andre enjoyed the perfect start to his tenure as coach, but he will know that things will only get tougher.

France have won all of their last five meetings with Scotland and are reasonable value at 2/5 to triumph again to extend their 100 per cent start to the competition.

Their chances will be aided by the fact that Scotland have to make four changes, with the most notable coming because Max Evans is ruled out with an ankle problem.

Meanwhile, although under new guidance, personnel wise the French team is largely similar to that which reached the World Cup final last year.

Scotland are 9/4 to use home advantage to victory, but they may find it hard to stop returning French trio Jean-Baptiste Poux and Dimitri Szarzewski in the pack and most notably the game-changing Imanol Harinordoquy at flanker.

Flooding the midfield looks Scotland’s best hope, alongside taking advantage of the fact that France have only played once under Saint-Andre, meaning they have been limited in working on plays in match scenarios.

As good as France can be going forward, they are also liable to concede points and Scotland troubled Wales for at least the first half in their last Six Nations game.

Therefore, the 2/1 that over 44.5 points are scored in the match could prove enticing.

Punters also fancying France to score some tries and kick some penalties despite the absence of Dimitri Yachvili because of a back injury can take advantage of the 2/1 that they score a minimum of 28 points at Murrayfield.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.