France and Turkey have been the two most consistent sides in Group H of the UEFA EURO Qualifiers.
With just one defeat each, both sides are on level terms with 18 points. However, it’s Turkey who finds themselves at the top as they beat France 2-0 in early June.
Date- Tuesday, October 15
Kick-Off- 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Stade de France
France Team News
With six wins and a solitary defeat to Turkey, Didier Deschamps’ sits at the second spot with a six-point gap to third-placed Iceland.
France had to dig deep against Iceland in their most recent outing and managed to dig out a vital win courtesy an Olivier Giroud penalty.
In terms of players ruled out, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti, and Hugo Lloris are all out of contention due to injury.
Deschamps might likely go with the same playing eleven which featured against Iceland. Tanguy Ndombele and Wissam Ben Yedder will be fighting for a position in midfield.
Antoine Grizmann and Olivier Giroud will be expected to lead the line of attack once again.
Turkey Team News
Turkey is wary of the fact that if they beat France in Paris, their chances of finishing on top of Group H becomes more than just a possibility.
Their final two games after their clash with France will be against Iceland and Andorra. Turkey’s only defeat in the qualifiers was in early June against Iceland.
Under the managerial leadership of Senoi Gunes, Turkey has won eight games of their last nine. Similar to France, Turkey’s most recent win, to Albania wasn’t an easy one Cenik Tosun scored the winner and the only goal of the game on the 90th minute.
That being said, Tosun could go with same playing eleven against France.
Emre Belozoglu is expected to anchor the midfield, while Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu partner alongside him.
Caglar Soyuncu, who has impressed for Leicester City at the back could get some game time against France.
France Team News- Mandanda; Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Digne; Sissoko, Tolisso, Matuidi; Coman, Giroud, Griezmann
Turkey Team News- Gunok; Meras, Demiral, Ayhan, Celik; Emre, Belezoglu, Tufan; Calhanoglu, Yilmaz, Tosun
The last time the sides met, it was Turkey who emerged as the winners with a 2-1 scoreline in their favour.
Cenk Tosun remains the obvious threat from Turkey’s perspective. The 28-year-old has scored five goals in five qualifier games this season.
For France, Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in seven games and remains a central threat of attack. Kingsley Coman in attacking midfield has been impressive as well with three goals in four games.
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