Defending world champions France will aim to top Group D on Sunday when they host Kazakhstan in this 2022 World Cup qualifier. Didier Deschamps’ men have already secured at least a play-off spot, but theoretically can still finish second, as Ukraine are three points behind them. Kazakhstan, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the group with three points and are yet to register a win.
Where and when: Parc des Princes – 13 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see France vs. Kazakhstan: Sky Sports
Last time: France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 in Nur-Sultan back in March in the last meeting between these teams. Ousmane Dembele gave the world champions an early lead before an own goal by Sergiy Maliy sealed the final score.
France v Kazakhstan Predictions and Preview
World champions France will be full of confidence when they host Kazakhstan on Sunday evening for their Group D clash in the World Cup qualifiers. Les Blues won the Nations League after two consecutive comebacks against Belgium and Spain, so morale should be high.
Didier Deschamps’ men have already secured at least a place in the play-offs and are currently topping their group with 12 points. However, Ukraine can still surpass them should France lose their final two games, so the world champions still have to secure first place.
France have lost only one of their last 15 games and that was the defeat against Switzerland on penalties in the Euro 2020 knockouts. However, the tension within the locker room seems to have cooled down since then, so anything but a convincing win over Kazakhstan would be a huge surprise.
Yet, Deschamps’ men haven’t been fully convincing in Group D, as they have three wins and three draws after six games. Ukraine held Les Blues to 1-1 draws twice, while Bosna and Herzegovina also managed to snatch a point from their visit to Paris. Considering those disappointing results, the 53-year-old tactician should field a strong starting XI against Kazakhstan in order to make it up in front of the home fans.
Regardless of Deschamps’ choices it’s hard to see Kazakhstan getting anything from their trip to the Parc des Princes, as the visitors are yet to win a game and have only three points after seven games. Draws away to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina are likely to remain the standout results for Talgat Baysufinov’s men.
Of course, getting a result against the defending world champions would top that, but that seems almost impossible, which is showcased by Kazakhstan’s 100/1 odds to get the win on Sunday. Although not as shocking, at 12/1 even the draw would be a huge upset, while France are heavy 1/40 favourites to get another three points.
One to watch for France: Antoine Griezmann has five goals in six appearances in this qualifying campaign. The Atletico Madrid forward is 10/3 to score the opener and 16/1 to net a hat-trick against Kazakhstan.
One to watch for Kazakhstan: Igor Shatskiy will have to be at his absolute best between the sticks for Kazakhstan, if the visitors are to stand a chance in Paris on Sunday. The 32-year-old is yet to keep a clean sheet during the qualifying campaign, so it’s unlikely that this will change against the defending world champions.
Long shot: France won their last home game against Finland 2-0, while Les Blues beat Kazakhstan by the same scoreline back in March. A repeat of that result on Sunday is available at 19/5, while the odds rise to 89/1 if you bet on Griezmann to score both goals.