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France vs Scotland match preview
These two teams are both already guaranteed a place at Euro 2024, with preparations continuing for the pair in Lille ahead of next summer.
France, as usual, have found qualifying all too easy, making it five wins out of five by beating Netherlands 2-1 at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Friday night.
Kylian Mbappé, who else, the scorer of a brace in Amsterdam, the second of which was an absolute stunner, as les Bleus cruised to victory, a fact not reflected in the final scoreline.
So, France need just a point from their final two qualifiers, facing Gibraltar in Nice and Greece in Athens, to rubber stamp top spot, looking set to be a pot 1 team when the final tournament draw comes around.
Given that, this’ll be a huge test for visitors Scotland, who secured their own place at the European Championships on Sunday, without even kicking a ball.
The Dark Blues had began a qualification campaign with five victories out of five for the first time ever, most-notably beating Spain 2-0 at Hampden, before also leaving Oslo 2-1 winners during the summer.
However, the Tartan Army saw their perfect record come to an end last Thursday, controversially beaten 2-0 by Spain at Estadio de La Cartuja.
The away side had seemingly taken a shock lead in Seville, Scott McTominay firing home a free-kick, only for referee Serdar Gözübüyük to disallow the goal, and no one is quite sure why even still.
Nevertheless, Spain’s weekend win in Norway ensured both la Roja and Steve Clarke’s team a place at the Euros, the Dark Blues qualifying for a competition with two games to spare for the very first time.
Unsurprisingly, France have won five of their last seven meetings with Scotland, including a 3-0 victory when the two most-recently met in a friendly in Metz seven years ago.
However, the Tartan Army did claim victory in both of their last two competitive encounters, enjoying a pair of 1-0 wins in Euro 2008 qualifying, featuring James McFadden’s stunner from the half-way line in Paris.
So, can the away side spring a massive surprise at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, or will France prove to be simply too strong?
France team news
In France’s only other friendly of 2023, a 2-1 defeat at Westfalenstadion last month, Didier Deschamps put out a heavily rotated team, so is set to do the same again here.
Les Bleus are short of defenders, given that William Saliba, Jules Koundé, Dayot Upamecano, Axel Disasi, Wesley Fofana, Presnel Kimpembe and Ferland Mendy all sidelined.
As a result, Malo Gusto came off the bench for his debut on Friday, while Jean-Clair Todibo is likely to start, as he did in that aforementioned defeat to Germany, with Castello Lukeba set to make a debut of his own.
In attack, Antoine Griezmann has featured in every international since June 2017, playing some part in all 82 of France’s competitive fixtures since his debut at the 2014 World Cup, a remarkable streak.
Alongside, Kylian Mbappé is likely to start the night on the bench while Olivier Giroud, who bagged a brace the last time Scotland travel to France, could return to lead the attack.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Gusto, Castello Jr, Todibo, T Hernandez; Fofana, Kamara, Camavinga; Griezmann, Giroud, Dembélé.
Scotland team news
Scotland were already without Kieran Tierney due to long-term injury, but you can add captain Andy Robertson and Aaron Hickey to that list, both of whom sustained issues in Seville last Thursday.
Short of full-backs, uncapped teenager Max Johnston was added to the squad on Monday morning, moving over from the U21s, but Nathan Patterson and Greg Taylor are set to be in from the start.
Angus Gunn has started all seven internationals so far this year, but fans are desperate to see either Zander Clark or Liam Kelly, or perhaps even both, handed their debuts in goal.
Similarly, having shone for Bologna in Serie A, Lewis Ferguson could be set for only his second-ever international start, the other coming in a friendly against Austria 19 months ago.
Lyndon Dykes led the line from start the start in Spain, so will he get the nod over Ché Adams again?
Predicted XI (5-3-2): Gunn; Patterson, Hendry, Souttar, Porteous, Taylor; Gilmour, McGregor, Ferguson, McTominay; Adams.