2019 Autumn Internationals – France vs Italy Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is France vs Italy taking place? Friday 30th August, 20:10 (UK)

Where is France vs Italy taking place? Stade de France, Paris

What is the expected weather for France vs Italy? 24c as the sun sets on what will be a humid night

What channel is France vs Italy on? France vs Italy will be shown live on Premier Sports 1

Where can I stream France vs Italy? Premier Sports subscribers can stream the match via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for France vs Italy? https://www.stadefrance.com/en/ticket/france-italie-2019

What was the score in the last meeting? Italy 14-25 France

THE TEAM NEWS

FRANCE

  • France were unable to make it back-to-back wins over Scotland as they were edged out at Murrayfield last week in what was a big reverse from their victory in the previous week at the Allianz Riviera.

  • Perhaps more concerning for the French is the fact they opened up an 11-point lead in the first half but two unanswered tries for Scotland turned the tie in their favour and France were unable to respond.

  • Only six of the starting XV from last week retain their place in the run-on side as they opt to make numerous changes once again ahead of the World Cup but perhaps most tellingly, scrum half Antoine Dupont gets another chance to try and nail down his place in the team.

ITALY

  • Italy ended their eight-match losing streak in emphatic fashion as they hammered Russia in their second Autumn international and will hope to take some confidence from that performance as they head to France.

  • The Italians ran in 13 tries against the Russians and despite them not facing a side that should have posed many issues, they put in a professional display which should provide a platform to use ahead of the World Cup.

  • Having reduced their World Cup squad to 31, the Italians are likely to experiment with their team once again in this warm-up game with several places still up for grabs in Conor O’Shea’s starting XV for the opening game against Namibia.

THE PREDICTION

France will look to bounce back from last week’s poor display as they host Italy at the Stade de France. The Italians have not beaten France since 2013 and must overturn a seven-match losing streak against the home side. Last week’s loss against Scotland may be just what France needed to refocus ahead of the World Cup and with a much-changed team, they can put in a solid performance to overcome the Italians.

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