I always hesitate when it comes to placing bets on juniors as they always lack consistency and prove to be unstable, but this is an entire different case.
France will have a world class midfield able to successfully compete with top national teams in Europe (first teams not juniors).
The relations between these two countries are very good with France being the biggest foreign investor in Armenia. The officials from these countries keep on visiting each other and pledging economic alliance. The French business lobby in Armenia almost runs the country and no internal law is passed in Armenia until the approval of the French embassy.
French investors are taking full advantage of the facilities promised to them by the Armenian government, facilities that Armenian entrepreneurs don’t have.
One may have the impression the French are acting like colonialists but this is only state protected and even sponsored capitalism at its finest.
The French aren’t only exploiting, they are also trying to give something back. For instance there was an attempt in France to pass what was known as the Armenian genocide law, basically condemning the Turkish atrocities from the time of the 1st world war.
But since the France constitutional court is still controlled by ex president Sarkozy and he is in opposition now, the Court did what every opposition does, opposed, and the law was ruled as unconstitutional.
Ok, now that you are informed about the economic and political context surrounding this game we can go back to football.
In comparison to the past games the French squad will have 2 important enforcements: Thauvin (winger – Marseille) and Kondogbia (central midfielder Monaco). Thauvin is a talented winger with great ball control, speed, acceleration and vision. He played in the under 20 squad this summer so this is kind of a promotion for him.
Kondogbia is also a great talent who already played for the big team. He is back in the youth squad now, either because he needs some more time with players his age or because the French national team doesn’t have a qualifying game this week but only a friendly.
In the defense a new addition is fullback Mendy from Marseille who is in top form at the moment following fullback’s Morel injury.
Central defenders Umtiti (Lyon) and Landre (Lens) are injured so coach Sagnol will have to use Rose (Valenciennes) and Zouma (St Etienne). To be honest I can’t say the central defense will scare the opponents, but the entire defense as a whole will be decent nonetheless, especially with Digne and Foulquier as fullbacks.
Now, the most impressive part of the team will be the midfield, with Kondogbia (Monaco) and Imbula (Marseille) in the center. Big talents, lots of potential, great form and confidence, able to make the difference as they participate both in the defensive and offensive phase.
On the flanks there will be Thauvin (Marseille) and Benzia (Lyon) while striker Ntep (Auxerre) will be in the center. Even if Ntep is only playing in Ligue2 his skills and form should make him the number 1 candidate for starting this game, ahead of players like Ongenda (PSG), Martial (Monaco) or Bifouma (Espanyol).
Armenian youths are nothing special as the entire team is made from players based on the internal league, with the exception of a forward playing in Germany 3rd league for Hansa Rostock. He is not really playing but only supervising from the bench…
France with a world class midfield won’t have any problems in taking all the points, covering the handicap and enjoying themselves.
Price of 2.20 for France -1.5 is definitely worth.