France – Luxembourg: Preview & Prediction
The French were very close to qualifying on Thursday, August 31. At home, they thrashed the Netherlands 4-0. With that, they left Sweden behind and were alone in first place with 16 points (five wins, a draw and a loss). They were benefited by the defeat of Sweden, 3 to 2, to Bulgaria opening three points in front of the fight for the only place in the group that guarantees classification for the World Cup. The second place will still have the opportunity to play the recap.
There is still no possibility of the mathematical definition of the vacancy on Sunday. Thus, the selection of France need to add points to complement the penultimate double round of the qualifiers with even greater chances of stamping their passport towards the World Cup.
Faced with a weaker opponents, it is quite likely that coach Didier Deschamps promotes the relay of his squad, especially in the attack, where the fight for places is fierce. This could mean an opportunity for Lacazette and Mbappe, who started the duel against the Netherlands on the bench and were only fired in the final stage.
The coach has at his disposal:
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda;
Defenders: Lucas Digne, Christophe Jallet, Presnel Kimpembe, Laurent Koscielny, Layvin Kurzawa, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane;
Socks: Ngolo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso;
Attackers: Kingsley Coman, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappé and Florian Thauvin;
Acting at home, Luxembourg had a very significant result on Thursday. He defeated Belarus 1-0 to earn an extra goal for the remaining three games. Sixth and last placed in Group A with four points (one win, one draw and five defeats), can pass the flashlight to the Belarusians, who have scored five points.
To do so, he will have to rely on his opponent’s stumbling blocks, which is not so difficult, but he will need to get at least a surprise against Frenchmen, his opponents on Sunday, Swedes or Bulgarians, his next rivals.
History of the matches France vs Luxembourg
There were 17 clashes between France and Luxembourg. The French won 16 and lost once. In the first round of the qualifiers, they scored 3-1.
France – Luxembourg: Betting Tips
France -4 AH – Odds: 1.70
Over 4,5 goals – Odds: 1.70