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World Cup France Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

2018-06-02 14:Jun:44
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02.06.2018

This year is 20 years since France hosted and won the World Cup and now they are one of the top pretenders to lift the trophy in Russia this summer. The Les Bleus have a very workable group and is as strong as any team from top to bottom. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

France are in fine fettle and they are in very good run. They like to play aggressive in attack and have fast forwards who are very talented. They have lost finals in EURO 2016 as a host, and now all players are eager to win major tournament. They qualified for the World Cup 2018 after finishing the UEFA qualification Group A in first place ahead of Sweden and Netherlands.

FIFA Ranking: 7

France Coach

DIDIER DESCHAMPS – He has coached France since 2012

France Players

It is provisional squad and will be reduced to 23 players for the World Cup.

GOALKEPERS:
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

DEFENDERS:
Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/Germany), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/Spain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/Spain), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/England), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/Spain)

MIDFIELDERS:
Paul Pogba (Manchester United/England), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/Germany), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/Italy), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea/England), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla/Spain)

FORWARDS:
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/England), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/Spain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

France Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

France
FORM(WON-DRAW-LOSS) 6-3-1
GOALS SCORED 18
SHOTS ON TARGET 57
SHOTS OFF TARGET 65
GOALS CONCEDED 9
TOTAL GOALS 27
OVER 1.5 GOALS 8
OVER 2.5 GOALS 5
OVER 3.5 GOALS 4
UNDER 1.5 GOALS 2
UNDER 2.5 GOALS 5
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 6
CLEAN SHEETS 4
CORNERS 67
FOULS 116
YELLOWS 5
REDS 0
OFFSIDES 20

France World Cup History

World Cup appearances: 14
Semifinals: 5
Best finish: Champions on World Cup 1998
Last World Cup: 2014

France World Cup 2018 Matches

June 16 – France vs. Australia
June 21 – France vs. Peru
June 26 – France vs. Denmark

France Prediction and Expectations on World Cup 2018

There is no doubt that France have among the most talented sides going into the World Cup and they are absolute favourites for top spot in the Group C. After winning World Cup 1998, Les Bleus lost the 2006 World Cup final to Italy, lost the 2014 World Cup quarter-final to Germany, lost the EURO 2016 final to Portugal and for sure they are highly motivated for this tournament. France are the top favourites on the road to the final and their goal will be to reach at least semi-finals on this tournament and anything short of the semi-final will be seen as a failure for this talented team.

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