France vs Moldova
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade de France (Paris – Saint-Denis).
Match Preview France vs Moldova
Although Les Blues are not always firing on all cylinders during the current campaign, the winner of the World Cup find their groove and they can secure their place at Euro 2020 with a victory at home on Thursday.
With that in mind, Deschamps is likely to bring back players who missed most of their recent qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey as Kylian Mbappe and Leo Dubois.
France 4-2-3-1 giving them extra numbers in midfield, which will be important against a team of Moldova is expected to sit back in and worked extremely low block, while deploying Kingsley Coman, Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann right behind Wissam Ben means Yedder that they will always have a lot of movement in the final third, allowing them to create better opportunities.
The two sides have only met once before, with the Deschamps' emerged 4-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in March.
International break and then marking one of the lowest point in the history of the Moldovan national football team as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Andorra.
That result left them bottom of the group after eight games and extended their losing run to five on the bounce, all without scoring.
Moldova, which is now managed by Engin Firat, scoring only twice during the campaign so far and they currently sit in FIFA ranking position of their lowest ever.
Firat, who had previously held managerial jobs in Iran, Turkey and South Korea, has fallen by 15 players who were in the squad for the latest qualifiers with Andorra and Albania Moldova.
However, they are still expected to line up with a 5-3-2 or 5-4-1 which allows them to try and keep things tight and spring the occasional counter, with Cagliari midfielder Artur Ionita key attacking fulcrum.
France head into their final two matches of Euro 2020 qualifying with work to do in order to secure their place in next summer's championship. They are level with Turkey at the top of Group H but second on head-to-head points. 2018 World Cup winner just four points clear up third place Iceland but is in a strong position to qualify given the caliber of their opponents remaining and the fact Turkey play Iceland on Thursday. France will qualify for Euro 2020 with victory here.
Moldova already eliminated after taking just three points from eight games. They are bottom of Group H and have lost their last five qualifying matches without scoring a single goal. They lost the reverse fixture 5-1 and is expected to go down to another heavy defeat here.
Prediction: France 4: 0 Moldova