Preview: Ukraine vs France – predictions, squad news, line-up
Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s clash between Ukraine and France between World Cup qualifiers and Europe, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The two best teams of World Cup 2022 Qualifying Group D prepares for battle in Kiev on Saturday night, as Ukraine Welcome France at the NSK Olimpiyskiy on Matchday 5 for both nations.
Oleksandr PetrakovResident draw specialists played a 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan last time, while France could only take one point in their clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In charge of his first match for Ukraine since Andriy ShevchenkoAfter the start of Euro 2020, substitute coach Petrakov saw his reign start with a goal in less than two minutes, as a new Benfica boy Roman Yaremchuk drew first blood from the gates early against Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
Ruslan Valiullin would tie the score with 16 minutes of the game remaining to be played, and even if Danylo sikan appeared to propel Ukraine to victory in the third minute of added time, Valiullin’s heroism saw him save a point for his nation with seconds to spare.
Unbeaten but without a win in qualifying for the World Cup, Ukraine’s total of four draws and four points in four matches is enough to place it in second place in the group with an identical total of five goals scored and conceded. , but this much sought-after victory still eludes them.
While a second place would be enough to allow them to keep their hopes of qualifying in 2022, Ukraine – the 25th nation in the world – has now failed to beat all the teams in the group, a worrying statistic with expected victories. over Kazakhstan and Bosnia. -Herzegovina passing them.
Since a quarter-final appearance in 2006, Ukraine have failed to advance to the World Cup final as an independent nation. they once were.
Touched by many absent before the first ball was kicked against Bosnia, Didier DeschampsFrance have sought to get back on track after their disappointing Euro 2020 display, but it didn’t work out that way for the reigning world champions.
New boy from Inter Milan Edin dzeko scored the first goal in the 36th minute before Antoine Griezmann responded quickly before half-time, and after seeing the last 40 minutes with 10 men due to Jules Koundéreckless challenge on Kolasinac Sea, France was forced to shake hands on one point.
Deschamps insisted he had ‘no regrets’ about the way he organized his team after the stalemate at the Meinau stadium, and the result at least helped them establish a four-point lead at the top of the leaderboard which means they can’t be taken no matter what happens this weekend.
However, Wednesday’s draw with Bosnia means France have now gone four games without a win in any competition, but it is not since 2013 that the Blues have gone on a five-game winless streak, in which they didn’t score a single goal in that bad patch. fatal period.
Griezmann and Serhiy sydortchuk were on the right track as France and Ukraine drew 1-1 in qualifying in March, but the Blues had already beaten their opponents 7-1 in an October 2020 friendly and failed lost just one of their 11 clashes with the hosts this weekend.
Ukraine World Cup Qualification Form – Europe:
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France World Cup Qualifications – Europe form:
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Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko – appearing in his midfielder role for Ukraine – will be missing here due to a build-up of bookings, which opens up a place for Mykola Shaparenko to start.
Employing a 3-4-2-1 formation for his first game in charge, Petrakov has both Ruslan malinovskiy and Viktor Tsygankov vying for places behind Yaremchuk after Vitaliy Buyalskyi got off to a somewhat surprising start against Kazakhstan.
Three keepers of Andriy Lunin, Heorhiy bushchan and Anatoliy Trubin were all forced to retire for various reasons, so 37-year-old Andriy Pyatov is ready for his 99th international appearance in Kiev.
With Jules Kounde now suspended and Benjamin Pavard not involved due to injury, France coach Deschamps is expected to bring Leo Dubois in an otherwise unchanged backline.
Kylian Mbappé reportedly struggled with a calf problem midweek, but still managed to complete 89 minutes of the game, and he will need to be evaluated before Saturday’s game.
N’Golo Kanté and Corentin Tolissothe replacements Matteo guendouzi and Adrien rabiot were not ready to face Bosnia but will be available here, and Bosnia is likely to join Paul pogba between.
Jordan veretout and Aurélien Tchouameni both made their international debuts last time around – the first from the first whistle – but both men can struggle for minutes here now that Deschamps’ midfielder reinforcements are eager to leave.
Possible starting eleven for Ukraine:
Pyatov; Mykolenko, Matvienko, Zabarnyi; Karavaev, Shaparenko, Sydorchuk, Sobol; Yarmolenko, Malinovskiy; Yaremchouk
Starting composition possible in France:
Lloris ; Dubois, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne; Pogba, Rabiot; Coman, Griezmann, Lemar; Benzema
We say: Ukraine 0-1 France
Ukraine is no child’s play, and its resilient nature has been there for everyone from the start of qualifying, but four games without a win have new manager Petrakov worried.
France’s winless run may also cause some trepidation for the visiting camp, but we are still confident in the Blues’ ability to secure a narrow but vital victory to extend their lead at the top.
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