France vs Australia
Competition: November Internationals
Date: 19 November 2016
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
France have been a team on the slide for some time now, while Australia also bore the brunt of criticism after making the World Cup final, however, both of these nations are on the comeback trail, and they will want to prove something when they clash.
France, under new coach Guy Noves, have a lot of rebuilding to do, and while one swallow does not make a summer, especially if that swallow is a game against Samoa, France looked like their old creatives selves. The defence was impeccable when they beat Samoa 52-8, holding off some expectantly big charges through the middle, and out wide. Even their attack looked good, offloading and passing the ball with control yet creativity and old French flair. Sure, a good performance against a bad team is one thing, but if they can get one over the Wallabies, it will mean the start of something good.
For Australia, they struggled through the Rugby Championship, after coming off a historically poor visit by England, in which they were whitewashed 3-0. Coach Michael Cheika was called a clown, the Australian players seemed lost, but in their November Internationals, they have won two from two. It was a very tight win against Scotland, who looked set on revenge, but feel at the final hurdle as Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani scored late, before that, they managed defeat Wales convincingly, 32-8, but a lot of that was down to a very poor welsh team.
France vs Australia: Head-to-Head Stats
A game with plenty of history, these two teams have met on 46 occasions, with Australia coming out on top with 26 wins. France have 18 wins to their name and there have been two draws. The last time these teams met was in 2014 where France emerged victorious with a tight 29-26 win in Paris.
France vs Australia: Prediction
Always a tough one to call, but even more so now that Australia and France are both over their poor run of form. It is true that France are also tough at home with their partisan crowds, but the Australians are much more of a settled team. Expect the Wallabies to scrap here, in what should be an entertaining game, but they will have the legs to hold out for a tight win.
France vs Australia: Tips
This should be a close game, and many will think that France will have it simply because of the home advantage. An easy bet on Australia to win here will net a good return.