France are looking to prepare for their upcoming UEFA Nations League matches as they face Ukraine in an international friendly on Wednesday.

After a month of exciting action in club soccer and an equally dramatic transfer window, the focus will now shift to international soccer, with France hosting Ukraine in Saint-Denis in an international friendly on Wednesday.


The reigning world champions will play two UEFA Nations League matches against Portugal and Croatia during this international break, so it certainly doesn't bode well for Les Blues, whose players are already coming on the back of a hectic 2020 soccer schedule. . / 21 campaign.


At the same time, however, he will give French coach Didier Deschamps the opportunity to shuffle his team and give some of his lesser-known stars a chance before they face Portugal on Sunday.


Ukraine, for its part, faces a similar football schedule, as it will face teams like Germany and Spain during this international break.


In fact, it was Spain that ended their 12-game unbeaten streak last month, inflicting a terrible 4-0 loss in Madrid. The defeat means that Ukraine is now at risk of being overtaken by Germany in the next match, while France hopes to use this game as a confidence booster before going head-to-head against Portugal.


And here at The Hard Tackle, we will enforce the rule on both sides before this international friendly in Saint-Denis on Wednesday.






Tactics and team news

France

French fans will be excited about Houssem Aouar heading into this match after Didier Deschamps called up the Lyon midfielder earlier this month. He is scheduled to make his debut with Les Blues in midfield, alongside N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso, who has been in good shape with Bayern Munich in recent weeks.


There could be another new face in Mike Maignan, who will debut for his country. He was able to get his head out ahead of Hugo Lloris in goal, covered by defenders Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Clement Lenglet and Lucas Digne. Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez are also options for Deschamps.


Most of these players have performed over the weekend for their respective clubs, including Digne, Upamecano and Pavard, so it will be interesting to see how Deschamps manages to rotate his squad during the game and keep them fresh ahead of two vital matchups against Portugal and Croatia.


Moving forward, Antoine Greizmann hasn't been in great shape for Barcelona and will be exhausted after a grueling 1-1 draw with Sevilla. It is unlikely to start, thus paving the way for Olivier Giroud to lead the French attack.


We could expect starts for Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappé in the wide spaces, with Wissam Ben-Yedder and Kingsley Coman giving Deschamps additional options from the bench.


Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Maignan; Pavard, Kimpembe, Lenglet, Digne; Kante, Aouar, Tolisso; Mbappé, Giroud, Marcial


Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko has done an excellent job after taking over Ukraine in 2016. And like his counterpart Deschamps, the soccer legend is expected to provide opportunities for some of the team's unknown stars ahead of the game against Germany this week.


However, Ukraine has taken a severe blow this week, as six players had to be removed from the team after testing positive for Covid-19. The list includes goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and midfielder Taras Stepanenko and Mykola Matvienko.


Fortunately, Shevchenko has enough players to watch this match with Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin ready to fit between the posts. There could be starts for Oleksandr Karavayev, Yevgen Cheberko and Igor Plastun on defense.


However, the focus will be on star player Andriy Yarmolenko, who is looking to make an impression after being overlooked by David Moyes at West Ham this season. It will be the focal point of Ukraine's attack this week, especially Matvienko absent from the side. Roman Yaremchunk could also play a key role in leading the Ukrainian front line.


Probable formation (4-3-3): Lunin; Karavaev, Plastun, Cheberko, Mykhaylichenko; Sydorchuk, Kharatin, Shaparenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tshyankov


Prediction

France 2-0 Ukraine

France has been quite efficient under Deschamps' leadership and that momentum is unlikely to change this week, despite the prospect of several personnel changes in the starting lineup. We expect a comfortable 2-0 win for the hosts here.

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