FRA vs UKR Dream11 Prediction: Ukraine makes the long trip to Paris to take on France in an international friendly. France haven’t had the best run of fixtures since their glorious World Cup win two years ago. They are on a four-game winning streak but all the wins very narrow ones and very uncharacteristic compared to their games from a years ago. They did, however, play Croatia last month in a repeat of the World Cup finals and very ironically beat them 4-2 again, but both sides had very different starting lineups. Antoine Griezmann grabbed a goal and assist in that game as Croatia’s poor post World Cup form continued. As for Ukraine, they were on somewhat of a good run beating sides like Portugal and Switzerland until they got thrashed 4-0 by a very strong Spanish side in the UEFA Nations League. Ukraine got outclassed by La Roja as they conceded 70% of the possession and allowed 10 shots on target. France manager, Didier Deschamps, must’ve taken notes and will look to beat Andriy Shevchenko’s side when the two teams meet on Wednesday night.
Fixture name & competition: France vs Ukraine, International Friendlies
Date & Time: 8th October, 12:15 am (IST)
Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
FRA – DWWWW
UKR – WWDWL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Over the last 5 games, France have the upper hand, winning 3 games, losing 1 and drawing once.
Last meeting: France 3-0 Ukraine (World Cup Qualifiers, 20th November 2013)
Live Streaming: No official broadcast in India.
France Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Didier Deschamps has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Expected changes: With the likes of Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann, Deschamps will have some headaches fitting all into a single-lineup. Houssem Aouar is likely to get his international debut.
FRA vs UKR Dream11 Playing 11:
FRA Playing 11 (probable):
Hugo Lloris (GK)
UKR Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Andriy Shevchenko has no injuries to deal with.
Expected changes: A very different lineup can be expected from the side that lost 4-0 to Spain. Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Malinovsky and Igor Kharatin are the only names from the last lineup that is likely to keep their place against France. So make better decisions while selecting players in FRA vs UKR Dream11 Team Prediction.
UKR Playing 11 (probable):
Andriy Lunin (GK)
France is heavily touted to win this game comfortably with odds of 1.18. Despite Andriy Shevchenko doing a great job with the Ukraine national team, their results may have been glossed over by the fact that they have faced sides like Lithuania, Estonia and Serbia and as crumbled when they faced a proper force like Spain. Something similar can be expected in their game against France. Lucas Digne will ensure that Andriy Yarmolenko will not get an inch of space on the right flank and likes of Leo Dubois and N’Golo Kante will make life very difficult for Ruslan Malinovsky, depending on where he starts. The Le Bleus will see this game as a trial game before the Euros next season and Didier Deschamps will test his squad out by giving players like Houssem Aouar, Leo Dubois and Anthony Martial a chance to prove themselves worthy of a spot in the Euros. Ukraine, on the other hand, will look at this as a “nothing to lose” game and go all out when the two sides meet in FRA vs UKR Dream11 Match Prediction
Kylian Mbappe – Kylian Mbappe is only 21 years old and has set new standards for youngsters all over the world. He has already scored 119 goals with 72 assists at club level, with 35 goals and 14 assists for the French national team winning a World Cup as well at the age of just 19. He is pegged to be the best player in the world soon and will not stop scoring any time soon.
Andriy Yarmolenko – Yarmolenko has been a little unlucky with injuries but he is back and has begun the 2020/21 season in style, scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists in 5 games. He also has 38 goals and 20 assists for the Ukraine national team. France will know what he is capable of and will look to keep him in check.
Antoine Griezmann – Part of France’s World Cup-winning squad, Griezmann was a major reason for it as well. Unfortunately, post-World Cup life has not been kind to him. His big-money move to Barcelona was not fruitful having scored just 9 goals in the La Liga. But now with Luis Suarez’s departure, he will be tasked with spearheading Barca’s attack alongside Lionel Messi and will look to leave last season behind.
X-factors (differential picks)
Olivier Giroud – Should Giroud appear against Ukraine, it will be his 100th appearance for the Les Bleus. He has had a very underrated career during which he has scored 211 goals, providing 81 assists. He also has 40 goals for The French side, winning the World Cup with them. He will look to mark his 100th appearance with some goals and assists for his country.
Ruslan Malinovsky – Malinovsky had a great 2019/20 season with Atalanta, having scored 9 goals and 7 assists from central midfield. He is yet to shine for Ukraine but hasn’t been poor either. He has 10 goal contributions (5 goals and 5 assists) so far and gets a goal contribution every three games.
Anthony Martial – Martial finally found his feet last season with an impressive 23 goals and 12 assists for Manchester United. But United have had a disastrous start to the season with Martial getting sent off against Spurs. He will look to at least redeem himself against Ukraine and score some goals or create opportunities while linking up with Giroud, Griezmann and Mbappe.