France host Ukraine in the first round of World Cup qualifiers. Les Bleus famously won football’s greatest prize in 2018 and are widely expected to top Group D with Andriy Shevchenko’s troops battling it out with Bosnia and Herzegovina for a spot in the play-offs. Didier Deschamps’ squad beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to lift the trophy for a second time.
Where and when: Stade de France, Paris – 24 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see France vs. Ukraine: Sky Sports Premier League
Last time: Les Bleus thrashed Ukraine 7-1 in the same venue five months ago.
France v Ukraine Predictions and Preview
15 of the 23 heroes that emerged triumphant in Russia have been selected by Deschamps for the international treble header. Olivier Giroud may not be a regular under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, but is still fundamental for the national side and the veteran is eight away from being Les Bleus’ all-time top scorer.
Giroud is 5/1 to open proceedings and will be supported by Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman. Alongside Erling Haaland, the PSG star is poised to dominate the game for the next decade and the forward is 7/2 to break the deadlock.
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Griezmann has struggled for Barcelona since his big money move from Atletico Madrid, but has never let Deschamps or his country down. The Macon native is 17/4 in the same market and will operate in the hole off Giroud.
Coman is back in the fold after helping Bayern Munich land the treble last term. The electric winger was decisive in the Champions League final against PSG and will edge out Ousmane Dembele for the spot on the right flank. The former Juventus ace is 9/5 to net anytime and Chelsea are rumoured to be keen on his services after another fine campaign.
Paul Pogba came through unscathed on his return from injury in midweek. The Manchester United fan favourite was introduced at half-time and made an instant impact with what turned out to be the goal that sent the Red Devils through to the last eight of the Europa League. The 28-year-old is 11/4 to bag anytime and Les Bleus are 2/7 to claim victory.
Ruslan Malinovskyi is the standout performer in Shevchenko’s party. The Atalanta midfielder is a threat from distance and can be found at 15/2 to register first. Ex-Dynamo Kiev man Roman Yaremchuk is 3/1 to score anytime and averages one in three for the Yellow and Blues.
The Gent star’s domestic haul of 18 has steered the Belgian outfit away from the drop zone and a good showing at the European Championships in June will help secure a big money move. Ukraine are 7/1 to come away with the spoils and a draw is 15/4.
One to watch for France: Dembele is 17/2 to notch last and has earned a recall after proving his fitness at club level. The speedster has impressed Ronald Koeman and is reportedly in talks to extend his stay at Camp Nou.
One to watch for Ukraine: Oleksandr Zinchenko turns out at left-back for Pep Guardiola but Shevchenko utilises his compatriot in a more orthodox, advanced role. The Shakhtar Donetsk youth graduate is 16/5 to strike anytime.
Long shot: Ukraine topped a EURO 2020 qualifying group including holders Portugal and took four points off Cristiano Ronaldo’s troops. The Yellow and Blues also beat Spain last October and Shevchenko deserves credit for giving youth a chance to shine. A 1-1 outcome is 9/1.