The 2021 Six Nations will be decided on Friday evening as France hosts Scotland in Paris at 8:00 p.m. (GMT). Les Blues beat Wales in a massive fixture last weekend to give themselves a chance of winning the Six Nations against Scotland. The result also denied Wales the Grand Slam title for this 2021 Six Nations and the Dragons will be watching the France v Scotland match very closely. However, France still has plenty to do to left the trophy in this re-arranged fixture. The hosts must beat Scotland and score four tries to get the essential bonus point. Or France must beat Scotland by 21 points to overtake Wales’ +61 points advantage in the Six Nations table. There are bound to be plenty of twists and turns in this fixture. A must-watch for French, Welsh, Scottish, and neutral fans!
Form and Team News
Remarkably, France beat Wales 32-30 last weekend thanks to Brice Dulin’s last-minute try. The result kept France’s Six Nations hopes alive as they bounced back from a late defeat against England two weeks ago. Les Blues have won three of their four Six Nations matches so far. Scotland has been impressive throughout the Six Nations, but a few losses prevent them from winning this year’s tournament. Scotland defeated Italy 52-10 in their last match, but narrow defeats by Wales and Ireland meant they were unable to capitalise on an opening day win against England at Twickenham. Fabien Galthié has made five changes to his team for the decider. Romain Ntamack replaces the injured Matthieu Jalibert. Swan Rebbadj, Bernard Le Roux, Anthony Jelonch and Arthur Vincent also return for France. For Scotland, Chris Harris, Ali Price and George Turner, Finn Russell all return to the starting line-up.
France comes into this deciding match as overwhelming favourites among the bookies. This is unsurprising as Scotland haven’t won in Paris since the 1999 Five Nations Championship. France has also won 14 of the last 18 meetings between the nations. Given Scotland’s form in the Six Nations this year, they may give France a tough contest but are unlikely to win. For a Scotland win, Matchbook is offering the best odds of 29/5. However, our tip this week is to go with SBK’s odds of 1/5 for a France win, with Galthié’s side gunning for Six Nations victory.
Anytime Try scorer
In round four, France and Scotland scored with regularity and earned bonus points for scoring four or more tries. Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe has scored three tries in four games and is joint second on the Six Nations top try-scorer list. The back scored two tries against Italy last weekend and for van der Merwe to go over again, Unibet are providing the best value odds of 15/8. Scotland’s Antoine Dupont joins van de Merwe in second on the Six Nations top-scorer list and he also scored in round four against Wales. Dupont is one of the most dangerous players in the tournament and Unibet are returning 11/10 for the Frenchman to score anytime against Scotland. Our anytime try scorer tip for this match though is to back Romain Ntamack, the leading points scorer in last year’s Six Nations. At 2/1 with Bet 365 to score anytime, Ntamack presents great value.
There have been a few tight contests between these two sides in recent years, with two of the last three matches decided by seven points or less. Scotland has also been involved with some even contests in this year’s Six Nations, beating England by five points, losing to Wales by one point and Ireland by two points. France has also seen some close encounters this year, beating Wales by two points, Ireland by two and losing to England by three. Another tense match is expected in Paris on Friday and, although Scotland may not win, they won’t be completely turned over. For a France win of 1-5 points, William Hill provides the best value at 10/1. But our tip this week is to choose Bet Victor’s offer of 21/5 for a France win of 1-7 points.
This fixture is sure to provide a cracking end to the 2021 Six Nations. You may need your calculator at the ready to work out the possible outcomes throughout the match. But France v Scotland should have plenty of action, bite and drama. Will France hold their nerve and take the title? We hope you enjoy watching the game and placing a bet on France v Scotland this weekend. If you go with one of our tips, remember we try to find and advise on good value bets based on form and team news, not guaranteed winners. Ensure you are always gambling responsibly and considering the value of each bet before committing. For more information on free bets to choose from this weekend, check out our homepage for the latest deals from bookmakers.