France vs Namibia 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview

France vs Namibia 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview

Joel Reyes
September 21, 2023 at 7:03 AM
  • France have won their first two matches in the 2023 Rugby World Cup
  • Namibia have lost their first two games in this year's Rugby World Cup
  • Les Bleus are favourites to pick up the win over Namibia on Thursday

France will look to continue their winning ways as they prepare for their third match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The hosts will lock horns with Namibia, and they are favourites to score a huge victory over the African side.

Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this Pool A showdown.

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Antoine Dupont applauds the fans at the end of France's win over New Zealand at the 2023 Rugby World Cup; Namibia's Johan Deysel in action against Italy. Images: Mike Hewitt/ OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE.
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France vs. Namibia Betting Preview

Where: Stade de Marseilles, France

When: Thursday, September 21 - 9:00pm local time

Odds: France (-68.5) vs. Namibia (+68.5); total: 78.5 - view all lines

Betting on France (-68.5)

France will head to their showdown against Namibia with momentum on their side after beating Uruguay 27-12 in their last group match.

Les Bleus have now won their first two group games by an average of 14.5 points. They looked far from impressive in the win against Uruguay, with the visitors scoring the first try in that encounter.

France had difficulty scoring without their main players as they made 12 changes to the side that beat New Zealand 27-13 in the opener.

Coach, Fabien Galthié has learned his lesson and will field a strong 23 for the game against Namibia, including Antoine Dupont, who has yet to lose a match for France at home since taking over as the team's captain.

Galthié will make 12 changes to the lineup that struggled against Uruguay, with Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, and Louis Bielle Biarry the only players to retain their starting spots against Namibia.

France also got a huge boost with Cyril Baille and Jonathan Danty fit to start on Thursday night after recovering from their respective injuries.

Betting on Namibia (+68.5)

Things are going from bad to worse for Namibia in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

They suffered another heavy defeat last Saturday in Pool A, losing 71-3 to the All Blacks. They have now lost by an average of 56 points in their first two group games.

They have allowed 123 points and 18 tries in the losses to Italy and New Zealand. The Welwitschias have struggled to put points on the board as well, scoring just 11 points and recording just one try in those two matches.

It won't get any easier for them against the host nation. France demolished Namibia 87-10 in their last meeting at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, per the Evening Standard.

Writer's Prediction

France (-68.5) win and cover the spread against Namibia (all odds courtesy of 1XBet).

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