EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – France vs Moldova Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does France vs Moldova kick off? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is France vs Moldova being played? Stade de France

What television channel is France vs Moldova on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream France vs Moldova? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Moldova 1-4 France

THE TEAM NEWS

FRANCE

  • France's four-match winning run ended with a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey last month but they will be sure of qualification if they win this one, or if Iceland drop points.
  • Didier Deschamps has a reduced injury list compared to the last match with Benjamin Mendy, Kylian Mbappe and Leo Dubois back in the squad, but Anthony Martial, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele have been omitted despite being fit.
  • Either Mendy or Lucas Digne will replace the injured Lucas Hernandez at left-back, while the in-form Wissam Ben Yedder will be hoping to keep his place up front.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Laporte (Injured), Pogba (Injured), Thauvin (Injured), Lloris (Injured), Hernandez (Injured)

Unavailable: Laporte (Injured), Pogba (Injured), Thauvin (Injured), Lloris (Injured), Hernandez (Injured)

Doubtful: Mbappe (Injured)

MOLDOVA

  • Moldova have lost seven of their eight matches in this qualifying campaign, scoring just two goals and conceding 22.
  • Engin Firat has replaced Semen Altman as coach and he has included seven uncapped players in his much-changed initial 28-man squad, while the experienced Alexandru Antoniuc returns.
  • Centre-back Victor Mudrac is absent due to injury and Anatolie Prepelita, who started alongside Mudrac at the back in the last two games, is also out.

Predicted line-up (5-4-1): Koselev; Graur, Posmac, Armas, Carp, Reabciuk; Ionita, Zasavitchi, Gansari, Antoniuc; Sidorenco

Unavailable: Mudrac (Injured), Prepelita (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Only two sides have scored fewer goals than Moldova in EURO 2020 qualifying and they have not had much time to work with their new coach. France have conceded just two goals in their last five games and the world champions should have a comfortable night in Paris.

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