Wales start their preparation for Euro 2020 with a trip to Nice to face France on Wednesday at 8:05pm (UK time).
Rob Page takes charge of the Dragons for the summer but not many warmup games could be tougher than one against the defending world champions.
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Scoreline prediction: France 2-0 Wales
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France vs Wales build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
France are favourites for Euro 2020 and have been pretty phenomenal in recent times, losing just one of their 11 games since the start of 2020, and that sole defeat came in a friendly against Finland. Since that loss, France have won four and drawn one of their five games, including a 1-0 win over Portugal in the Nations League and two victories to kick off World Cup qualifying. But that has been put to one side for now, with French eyes firmly on the Euros and the first of their two warm-up matches ahead of their terrifying group alongside Portugal, Germany and Hungary.
For Wales, this game is preparation for just their third major tournament, with hopes of mimicking the run at Euro 2016 in France when they reached the semi-finals. The past 18 months have been largely positive for Wales on the pitch, with the only negative results coming against England and Belgium, the latter in World Cup qualifying, But Wales bounced back from that with a friendly victory over Mexico and win against Czech Republic to get on the board in their road to Qatar. Unlike France, Wales aren’t favourites for Euro 2020, not by a long shot, and many believe they are more likely to finish bottom of their group which includes Switzerland, Turkey and Italy, than reach the knockout stages.
- France (vs Bosnia): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Rabiot, Pogba; Coman, Lemar; Griezmann, Mbappe.
- Wales (vs Czech Republic): Ward; Rodon, J Lawrence, Mepham; Roberts, Morrell, Ampadu, N Williams; Bale, Wilson, James.
France can pretty much name a full-strength side against Wales with the exception of N’Golo Kante, whose arrival was delayed by the Champions League final. Wales have no concerns.
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Players to watch:
- France: There’s really only one story for France in the build up to the Euros and that is the return of Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid striker hasn’t played for his country since 2015 but after six years in the wilderness was recalled to the squad, with Didier Deschamps unable to avoid him any longer. Benzema was excellent last season and the key reason Real Madrid pushed Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race until the final day. He ended the La Liga campaign on 23 goals and nine assists, with only Lionel Messi directly involved in more goals in the division. It’s been a long while, but for France, Benzema has 27 goals in 81 games and scored twice in his most recent appearance (in October 2015).
- Wales: From one talisman to another, a lot of Wales’ hopes for Euro 2020 (and any game they are in) will rest on Benzema’s Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. Regardless of his club form, Bale is always a guaranteed starter for Wales when fit, but it’s helpful that he enters the summer after a good end to his loan spell at Tottenham. The Welshman scored six goals in his final six Premier League matches for Tottenham, including two on the final day of the season to secure the club Europa Conference League football for the new campaign. Now Bale hasn’t scored for Wales since October 2019 (nine games), but the 31-year-old has provided an assist in each of his past four starts for his nation.
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