France will be looking to avoid relegation to League B of the Nations League on Thursday when they host Ralf Rangnick’s Austria (7.45pm kick-off, UK time).
The current world champions can’t qualify for the Nations League knockouts, but relegation remains a distinct possibility if they cannot stop the rot. Didier Deschamps’ men are currently bottom of Group A1 and winless after four matches. Austria meanwhile are just a place and only two points above them so they must avoid defeat here, otherwise they will trade places with France and sink to that fatal position.
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France team news
Deschamps has included a few surprise faces for this latest round of international fixtures, including uncapped Eintracht Frankfurt forward Randal Kolo Muani, Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana and promising defender Benoit Badiashile. Only one of his midfielders has caps in the double-digit range: Aurelien Tchouameni (12). Jordan Veretout (five), Christopher Nkunku (six), Matteo Guendouzi (six), Eduardo Camavinga (three) and Fofana (zero) all make up a relatively inexperienced midfield.
Austria team news
Rangnick has called up two uncapped players in 21-year-old Muhammed Cham Saracevic and 22-year-old Romano Schmid. New Wolves signing Sasa Kalajdzic misses out with a long-term injury, while Konrad Laimer is also among the noticeable absentees as he’s currently nursing a ligament tear.
Nations League recent form:
- France: LDDL
- Austria: LDLW
Scoreline prediction: France 3-1 Austria
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