Tip Scotland - France
Scotland have managed to get two wins in the Autumn Nations Cup, one without even lifting a finger. They look to make it three wins out of three with a home match against France who have one win even though they haven't set foot on a pitch yet. The chaos in this group has been caused by Fiji not being able to play their scheduled games due to a Covid outbreak. That saw France given a 28-0 win over Fiji last week and a 28-0 win awarded to Scotland for the game against Fiji set for November 28. Italy were due to be playng Fiji this weekend so they get a 28-0 win, to be fair Italy are glad of any win they get.
So, with Fiji not playing, there are now only two games left in this group which won't please the TV station that has paid for the rights to show this competition. A win for Scotland will win them Group B. Victory for France will see them win the group with a home game against Italy to come. Scotland come into this game having won their last four internationalsand of course the 'victory' over Fiji. That includes a home win over France in the Six Nations, a defeat that cost the visitors the title. The Scots have made five changes from the team that won in Italy last weekend. France have made even more changes, eight in all from the team that beat Ireland in the Six Nations. The fact that Fiji match is off means that more top players can be included for this match With a much stronger side out for this game, they can get revenge for that loss earlier this year.
Key points Scotland - France
France came close to winning the Six Nations and did beat the teams finishing first and third.
France have a much stronger line up for this game.
Scotland beat France earlier this year but the French side were reduced to 14 players after Mohamed Haouas was sent off.
Conclusion Scotland - France
France will hope to keep all 15 players on the pitch after what happened earllier this year. They have been in good form all year and but for that loss would have won the Six Nations championship. Scotland are also in good form but didn't have it all their own way in Italy last week. Go for France to get the win that will make them winners of this rather ravaged group.
Scotland France Prediction published on November 20, 2020