France host Finland at the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday in an attempt to keep their healthy lead at the top of Group D. Les Bleus were somewhat lucky to get a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, while Finland were held to a goalless draw by Wales.
Where and when: Groupama Stadium – 7 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France vs. Finland: Sky Sports
Last time: Finland earned a shock 2-0 victory when these two countries met in a friendly at the Stade de France back in November 2020.
France v Finland Predictions and Preview
France host Finland in Lyon on Sunday in this Group D game from the World Cup qualifiers. Didier Deschamps’ men have been far from their best recently, as the world champions are on a four-game winless streak.
There were some serious clashes in the French locker room after the Euro 2020 elimination and the team is still suffering from this. Deschamps has been unable to replicate the cohesion and unity that saw France conquer the world in 2018 and this becomes evident in every game.
France managed only a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina at home, as Les Bleus were reduced to 10 men after Jules Kounde was shown a straight red card in the first half.
Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal for the hosts, but Kylian Mbappe failed to the find the back of the net in a sixth consecutive game. The Paris Saint-Germain star has netted only once in his last 11 games, and it seems that the Real Madrid rumours may have affected his performances.
France have won eight of their nine meetings with Finland and boast an 18-5 goal difference. However, Finland earned a surprise 2-0 victory the last time those countries clashed, so Les Bleus need to be careful.
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Finland, meanwhile, have just one victory in their last 10 games, and have only two points in the group after snatching draws against Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Teemu Pukki has scored all three goals for his country in the group, but the Norwich City forward has failed to find the back of the net in five consecutive outings. This has inevitably affected his country, as Markku Kanerva’s men have scored just once in their last seven games.
Unfortunately for Finland, things aren’t looking rosy at the back either, as they have only two clean sheets in their last 11 games. The defence will be key for the Eagle-owls, if they are going to cause an upset against the inconsistent, but full of individual brilliance, French side.
It’s no surprise to see France as heavy favourites going into the clash. Another draw on home soil would be shocking for France, while victory for Finland seems highly unlikely and would be a complete disaster for Les Bleus.
One to watch France: Kylian Mbappe’s poor form for his country at Euro 2020 has continued beyond the tournament. The PSG star will be eager to get back to his usual levels against Finland and naturally will one of the main favourites to break the deadlock in the first scorer market.
One to watch for Finland: Teemu Pukki has scored all of Finland’s three goals in Group D. The Norwich City forward remains the main threat for every opposition, so watch out for him in the first scorer market on Sunday.
Long shot: Two of the last six meetings between these countries have ended with 2-0 victories for France. A repeat of that result might be on the cards once again and if you are looking for even bigger odds, you can pair this with Kylian Mbappe to score the opener.