Predictions

France vs England

Having battled to a 2-2 draw on Saturday against Scotland, England head to France for their final match of this season in a friendly.

 

Both teams are on course to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup so expect quite an experimental match.

 

Team News

 

Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Joe Hart will play no part at the Stade de France.

 

Burnley’s Tom Heaton will be in goal for first half before Jack Butland takes over at half time.

 

For rest of field, there could be a formation switch if Marcus Rashford goes up front alongside Harry Kane.

 

Midfield is expected to be very youth looking with Jake Livermore and Jesse Lingard featuring alongside Adam Lallana.

 

As for defence, we could see John Stones, Ben Gibson and Aaron Creswell get run outs here.

 

Better goalkeeping

 

One area that England will surely be looking to improve on is in goal, after Hart suffered two howlers from Scottish free kicks.

 

In Heaton and Butland, they have two confident keepers, who certainly know how to pull off exceptional saves against top players. The latter however only returned to action for Stoke at end of April, so this will be his first true test.

 

Realistically, I expect France to dominate with Kylian Mbappe and Antonio Griezmann leading the line. They however will have a tough time against two of England’s best shot stoppers.

 

The French themselves have a vulnerable goalie in Hugo Lloris, who condemned them to defeat against Sweden on Saturday.

 

Positive omen?

 

France might hold the upper hand in this fixture on their home turf but its 20 years this month, since England last won in Les Bleus.

 

That is just about the only positive omen heading into the match, having not won in their five away friendlies.

 

The goal stats don’t make for great reading with nine goals in last eleven against France. A third of those goals have come from Tottenham Hotspur stars. Could that be ominous for Kane, Dele Alli and co?

 

Prediction 

 

All the signs point towards a French victory with Oliver Giroud in imperious form, having scored seven goals in last five home starts excluding Euros 16.

 

Our men will be lucky to get one goal but if they don’t produce any quality, expect a real thumping.

 

On that note, France will have far too much.

 

Prediction: France 3-1 England

Result: France 3-2 England

 

 

 

 

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