Preview: France vs Finland – prediction, team news, lineups
After dropping another two points in Group D qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, France desperately seeks to get back on the winning track on Tuesday when Finland visits the Groupama Stadium in Lyon.
The reigning world champions came from behind to salvage a draw with Ukraine last time, while Finland prevailed in a 1-0 win against Kazakhstan.
Injuries had taken their toll on France even before the September international break began, but after being forced to watch Kylian Mbappé leave the field with a calf problem, the size of his task against Ukraine became monumentally larger.
With a couple of questionable changes in tow, France fell behind Mykola Shaparenko’s attack after Anthony Martial had rejected a one-on-one moments earlier, but the Manchester United man would soon go from zero to hero as his 50-minute effort Sold out. Andriy Pyatov’s line.
Despite appearances by Moussa Diaby and Karim Benzema, France and their 61% possession share were forced to cope with a 1-1 draw on the night, three days after being held in a stalemate from the same scoreboard. for Bosnia. Herzegovina in his homeland.
The worrying thing is that it is now five games without a win in all competitions for Les Bleus after their forgettable Euro 2020 exploits, but they still hold a four-point lead at the top of the standings in Group D and cannot. get caught by your next opponents and closest rivals for the time being.
However, France’s shortcomings have now been highlighted twice in a row as Deschamps desperately seeks to get their attackers in shape and firing full blast, and Les Bleus won’t need to remember which team handed them their most recent loss at home.
Looking to follow their Euro 2020 fairy tale with a World Cup arc, Finland has proven to be a force in Group D and remains undefeated in the group after claiming their first win over Kazakhstan at the weekend.
Joel Pohjanpalo and Teemu Pukki sought to lead their country to victory, but it was the former who scored the only goal of the game, as Finland advanced to five points in the group after previous draws with Ukraine and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Markku Kanerva’s team may have played two games less than third-place Ukraine, but it is ahead of its draw specialist counterparts in goal difference as it seeks to realize the dream of the first appearance in a match. World Cup final.
It’s been seven games in all tournaments since both teams scored in a match involving Finland, but Huuhkajat can only boast two wins in their last 11 competitive and non-competitive matches before looking to humiliate France on their own turf. one more time.
Indeed, the Scandinavian team achieved a striking 2-0 friendly win over the world champions at the Stade de France in November 2020, but have lost their other eight meetings against France by an aggregate score of 18-3.
France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Dubois, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne; Rabiot, Veretout, Pogba; Griezmann; Benzema, Martial
Finland possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Vaisanen, Arajuuri, O’Shaughnessey; Alho, Valakari, Kamara, Taylor, Uronen; Pohjanpalo, Pukki
We say: France 1-0 Finland
Finland are more than capable of making this a tough match for France, who are struggling even harder to draw inspiration from the offensive front now that Mbappé has left the field.
Despite their early positive results and recent success over France, Finland have only scored two goals in their last seven matches, and we can imagine Les Bleus returning to victory by a narrow margin here.