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France vs Ukraine: Predictions
Didier Deschamps’ side begins their journey for the 2022 Qatar World Cup as Les Bleus look to make it back-to-back World Cup wins after winning the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. France enters the World Cup Qualifiers on the back of topping their 2020 European Championships qualification group having lost just one of their 10 games.
Wednesday’s visitors will be hoping they can prevent what happened the last time these two sides met. Back in October, the two nations met in an international friendly which saw France put Ukraine to the sword in a 7-1 victory for Deschamps’ side.
The emphatic defeat in October will have surprised many with it coming in the middle of Ukraine’s 2020 European Championship Qualifiers which saw Andriy Shevchenko’s side top their group and pipping the current-champions, Portugal, having not lost a single of their eight games.
France vs Ukraine: Match Stats
Kylian Mbappe will be hoping he can continue from where he left off in the 2018 World Cup after winning the Best Young Player award having netted four times in the competition – including a goal in the final. The 22-year-old is currently the top scorer in Ligue 1 having found the back of the net 20 times already this season.
In France’s last 15 games they have scored 36 goals which averages out at just under 2.5 goals per game. However, the last time these two sides met France recorded an emphatic 7-1 victory which will provide them with a great deal of confidence going into Wednesday’s game.
19 November 2013 – France 3-0 Ukraine – World Cup Qualifier
15 November 2013 – Ukraine 2-0 France – World Cup Qualifier
15 June 2012 – Ukraine 0-2 France – Euro 2012
France have dominated the majority of the recent meetings between these sides with the 7-1 victory still looming over the heads of the Ukraine side. Deschamps’ eyes will be fully focused on making the perfect start to their campaign to make it back-to-back World Cup crowns.