Largely Bookmarked to win EURO 2020, the reigning World Champions France were eventually kicked out of the competition by Switzerland. Since then, Les Bleus have looked unconvincing in the way they play recently, winning one of their last three(3) UEFA World Cup qualifying matches.
On Thursday 7th October, France will battle Belgium, who have won all of their last three(3) matches in the UEFA World Cup qualifying matches, in the semi-final of the UEFA Nations league and will be hoping to banish the memory of their EURO 2020 Last-16 exit and win their first UEFA Nations league title.
Source: Sports Mole
Belgium, ranked 1st in FIFA Men's Ranking, and France, ranked 4th, have met 74-times in international friendlies and competitive tournaments, with this fixture the 75th time the two neighboring country will square up. They last met in the semi-final of Russia 2018 World Cup, with France winning that tie by 1-0.
Ahead of the blockbuster match at Allianz Stadium Turin, 7:45pm (GM +1), Didier Deschamps has announced his 23-man squad for the trip to Italy as confirmed by UEFA. The Squad include:
Goalkeepers: Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan).
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernández (Bayern), Theo Hernández (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern), Raphaël Varane (Man. United).
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Man. United), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (Roma).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Anthony Martial (Man. United), Kylian Mbappé (PSG).
Likely Formation By Didier Deschamps Against Belgium
Didier Deschamps is likely to revert to his to his traditional 4-3-1-2 formation on Thursday night.
In the four-man defence, Benjamin Pavard is likely to return to right-back defence, while Lucas Digne or Theo Hernández to start in the left back. Presnel Kimpembe is likely to partner Rapheal Varane in the central defence.
With midfield mastero N'Golo Kante unavailable due to a positive coronavirus test last month, another defensive marshal in Aurelien Tchouameni is likely to start in the midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot.
Antoine Griezmann is likely to start in a No. 10 role behind the two man forward of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.
France Likely Starting Lineup:
Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Pogba, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema.
France 4-3-1-2 Line Ups
Predicted Match Result
The golden generation of Belgium National football team will be rearing to get this one over their neighbours, and are likely to emerge victorious in this semi-final tie.
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