France v Tonga betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 28
Welcome to our free predictions and odds update for match 28 of the Rugby World Cup between France and Tonga at Kumamoto Stadium on Sunday, October 6.
France are short-priced favourites to beat Tonga and remain unbeaten in the tournament but there is no way Les Bleus will be taking the Tongans lightly.
Who could forget the massive 19-14 upset Tonga inflicted on the French in Wellington during the 2011 World Cup. Of course, France rebounded to make the final but they will be keen to make sure there is no hint of a repeat of that upset in Kumamoto.
They are wounded a little though, the French. Fullback Thomas Ramos and hooker Peato Mauvaka are out of the World Cup through injury, joining other early departures in winger Wesley Fofana and prop Demba Bamba.
Tonga showed signs of life in their loss against Argentina and French coach Jacques Brunel told AAP: “This team has power, strength, it is aggressive, enterprising. We will have a big challenge.”
Check out our team previews to get the latest form, our tips for leading try-scorer from each team and where we think they will finish in the tournament.
Here are our France v Tonga predictions and odds for their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup Match 28: Pool C – France v Tonga
Kick-off: 4.45pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: Kumamoto Stadium
France v Tonga odds
Head to head odds: France $1.02, Tonga $15
Handicap line odds: France (-25.5 points) $1.91, Tonga (+25.5 points) $1.91
Previous World Cup 2019 matches:
France 23 (Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou tries; Romain Ntamack 2 cons, 2 pens, Camille Lopez drop goal) d Argentina 21 (Julian Montoya, Guido Petti tries; Nicolas Sanchez con, Benjamin Urdapilleta 2, Sanchez pens). Referee: Angus Gardner.
France 33 (Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Jefferson Poirot, Alivereti Raka, Baptiste Serin tries; Camille Lopez 3, Thomas Ramos cons) d USA 9 (AJ MacGinty 3 pens). Referee: Ben O’Keeffe.
England 35 (Manu Tuilagi 2, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jamie George tries; Owen Farrell 3 cons, 3 pens) d Tonga 3 (Sonatane Takulua pen). Referee: Paul Williams.
Argentina 28 (Julian Montoya 3, Santiago Carreras tries; Benjamin Urdapilleta 4 cons) d Tonga 12 (Telusa Veainu 2 tries; Sonatane Takulua con). Referee: Jaco Peyper.
France v Tonga tips RWC2019
Tonga +25 points at $1.91
Why? The Pacific Island team has nothing to lose and that’s when it can be most dangerous. Tonga stuck on well against Argentina and we don’t think there is much between France and the Pumas. We expect a French win but not by a massive margin. The French had enough trouble shrugging off the USA team.
Maxime Medard to score a try at $2.30
The France fullback should get plenty of opportunities to chime into attack. Shop around for the best odds at our leading international bookmakers.
France v Tonga prediction
We expect a rugged affair with the French getting on top late and making sure there is no upset. We would not be surprised if Tonga lead at half-time or trail narrowly at the break. We always enjoy marvelling at the power of the Tongan team, though France can more than match them in the forwards. Definitely a more enticing game for the neutral than the NZ-Namibia game on the same day.
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