France face Australia on Tuesday night in a rematch of their opening group stage sport on the 2018 World Cup.
The primary-ever use of VAR at a World Cup awarded France a penalty which Antoine Griezmann transformed en path to a 2-1 victory for the eventual champions. Australia could not muster a single win in Russia and have not claimed a World Cup scalp since 2010.
This is all the things you should know in regards to the first match in France’s defence of the World Cup.
France vs Australia H2H Outcomes (Final 5 Video games)
Present Kind (Final 5 Video games)
France workforce information
Didier Deschamps has been compelled into a few sharp squad reshuffles following late accidents to RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe. Randal Kolo Muani and Axel Disasi have changed the duo.
Marcus Thuram was one other delayed addition after Deschamps initially named simply 25 gamers. The son of a World Cup winner has been scuffling with sickness forward of the opener.
Karim Benzema has missed 9 Actual Madrid video games this season by way of varied muscular complaints and suffered an damage scare quarter-hour right into a French coaching session earlier than the squad flew out to Qatar. Nevertheless, Benzema quelled issues by insisting: “I am wonderful. I had little ache however no tear or huge damage.”
Deschamps was eager to emphasize that France “aren’t going to chop corners” relating to Raphael Varane’s rehabilitation from a knee downside he suffered in October. However the Manchester United centre-back is anticipated to be out there towards Australia.
France Beginning 11 (4-3-1-2): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Konate, L Hernandez; Tchouameni, Y Fofana, Rabiot; Griezmann; Benzema, Mbappe.
Bench: Mandanda, Areola, Disasi, Kounde, Saliba, Upamecano, T Hernandez, Guendouzi, Veretout, Camavinga, Giroud, Dembele, Kolo Muani, Coman, Thuram.
Australia workforce information
The chief concern for Australia’s coach Graham Arnold is certainly Hibernian winger Martin Boyle. A knee damage has prevented the Scottish-born ahead from coaching. The health concern is deemed to be extreme sufficient for Melbourne Metropolis’s Marco Tilio to hitch the group in Doha as a standby possibility ought to Boyle lose his race towards time.
Australia Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy, Irvine; Leckie, Hrustic, Mabil; Maclaren.
Bench: Redmayne, Vukovic, Degenek, Karacic, Wright, Deng, King, McGree, Devlin, Baccus, Duke, Kuol, Goodwin, Cummings.
France have not had probably the most serene buildup to the match, with accidents and the nagging problem of squad concord effervescent within the background. But, given the wealthy sources of expertise Les Bleus boast, most XIs Deschamps fields will dwarf the standard of Arnold’s Socceroos – theoretically at the very least.
Simply three of the previous 12 World Cup winners have begun the defence of their title with a victory. Deschamps had retired from enjoying by the point France infamously misplaced the 2002 opener to Senegal. It isn’t inconceivable however is unlikely that he’ll uncover that embarrassment in administration.
Prediction: France 2-1 Australia