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France vs Ukraine Prediction & Match Preview



France vs Ukraine Prediction & Match Preview



24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

France will be aiming to kick-off their World Cup qualifying campaign in style when they take on Ukraine at Stade de France. 

Les Tricolores have established themselves as one of the best teams in the world, and they are on a quest to defend the trophy at the showpiece tournament. 

Kylian Mbappe, who scored a brace in PSG’s 4-2 win over Olympique Lyon, will be the man to watch in the home team.

Paul Pogba has overcome his injury, while Ousmane Dembele returns to the squad following a long absence. 

Bayern Munchen winger Kingsley Coman has recovered from his injury as well. Considering that the Ukrainians are on a three-game losing run ahead of the trip to Paris, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. 

In the previous meeting between the two teams France crushed Ukraine 7-1 in the “City of Lights”.

France vs Ukraine Head-to-head

Teams France Ukraine played so far 8 matches.
France won 6 direct matches. Ukraine won 1 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.38 goals per Match.

France vs Ukraine Prediction

France in actual season average scored 2.11 goals per match. In 20 (83.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 15 (62.50%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Ukraine average scored 1.39 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (66.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Fulham loanee Alphonse Areola has earned a recall to the national team after his solid performances at Craven Cottage, but Hugo Lloris is in no danger of losing his place in goal, as three caps this month would see him go level with Thierry Henry in the all-time appearances list.

Paul Pogba has also joined up with the team despite his well-documented struggles at Manchester United, and the 28-year-old is expected to start here, but Alexandre Lacazette has been overlooked once again.

Deschamps has not called on any uncapped players for this month's qualifiers - a statement of intent from the experienced coach - while Olivier Giroud and Anthony Martial seem set for spots up front after Mbappe came off early against Lyon with a minor problem.

Ukraine and Shevchenko should line up in their customary 4-3-3 formation, with veteran goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov set to earn his 97th cap for the national team at the Stade de France.

Viktor Tsygankov scored his side's consolation goal in their 7-1 humiliation against France last year, but the Dynamo Kiev man will not take part this month due to injury, while experienced midfielder Taras Stepanenko has also failed to make the cut with a muscle problem of his own.

West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko - who sits second behind Shevchenko in the all-time goalscoring charts - will be joining up with the team despite his injury, but he may not be risked from the off.

France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Ndombele; Griezmann; Martial, Giroud

Ukraine possible starting lineup:
Pyatov; Karavaev, Matvienko, Kryvtsov, Sobol; Sydorchuk, Zinchenko, Malinovskyi; Marlos, Yaremchuk, Konoplyanka