France – Moldova
France hosts Moldova at the Stade de France in Paris in a match from Group H of the European qualifiers. Let’s discuss this game and see what these two teams are about right now.
At this moment the world champions are locked in a fight for the top spot in the group. Right now Turkey are leading the group with 19 points, while France are second with the same record. If the two teams finish with the same amount of points, Turkey will win the group because of their best head-to-head stats.
In the previous round Les Bleus had a perfect chance to overtake the Turkish team, but France missed to beat their rival at the Stade de France. The game ended with a 1-1 draw. Olivier Giroud opened the score for France just 14 minutes before the end, but Kaan Ayhan equalised for Turkey.
Against Turkey the manager Didier Deschamps chose to start with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder in attack, leaving Olivier Giroud on the bench. After Giroud’s goal against Turkey, maybe now Chelsea’s striker will get once again the opportunity to start.
France’s concerns are related to Antoine Griezmann’s poor form since he joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid. Griezmann is far from his best performances with Atletico, although the manager Deschamps said that this is not worrying him. But is this the truth?
Moldova on the other hand are at the bottom of the group standings, being 6th with just 3 poitns won so far. Their only win came against Andorra in June. Being in such a state and with the level of quality they possess, we can hardly see the Moldovians troubling Les Bleus in Paris.
That’s what we had to say about the European qualifier between France and Moldova on Thursday. We expect to see the hosts’ star Antoine Griezmann motivated to shine, while Olivier Giroud could return in the starting eleven.