Eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Wales squad will face France on Friday, November 10, as they open their preparations for the World Cup. Scheduled to start at 18h (GMT), the friendly will be held at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, metropolitan Paris.
France’s recent performance
Euro 2016 runners-up in their fields, the French went through difficult times in the play-offs when they came at a disadvantage in the battle with Sweden for the top spot in group A. They ended up getting better in the duel and secured the place in the Russian World Cup with 23 points (seven wins, two draws and one loss) thanks to a late start with three wins and a draw in the decisive rounds.
The little scare might have been responsible for choosing a rival out of the 2018 World Cup as the first opponent in the preparation. However, the ‘slack’ will last little. Germany will be their next opponents in the second leg of the friendly double round.
The French defend an unbeaten run of five games. Since suffering a 2-1 loss to Sweden on June 9, they have won four games and drawn a duel. On this list are official and friendly games.
The coach Didier Dechamps once again was convinced of his plans, despite the many criticisms he has suffered from the local press. He has called in 24 players for both games, but he has left Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who has not been called since the extortion scandal against a teammate in which he was involved.
The following players were called by the coach:
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Steve Mandanda (Marseille);
Defenders: Lucas Digne (PSG), Christophe Jallet (OGC Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Raphaël Varane Real Madrid);
Socks: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur);
Attackers: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappé (Marseille).
The current form of Wales
Coach Chris Coleman will be able to count on the return of his greatest star at the start of preparation for the Euro 2020 match and also for the qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
Real Madrid striker and midfielder Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the last double round of the European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and saw the Welsh team lose the chance to play the repechage after being defeated outside by Ireland, by 1 to 0.
With 17 points (four wins, five draws and one defeat), they were third in Group D. Two points less than the Irish, who will play in the playoffs against Denmark and four points less than Serbia , which guaranteed direct ranking by taking the first place of the key.
For the start of this new preparation phase, which includes a friendly against Paramá on November 14, Coleman has called 24 athletes but has already lost midfielder Jonny Williams. Injured, the Crystal Palace athlete was replaced by Ryan Hedges.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Chris Maxwell;
Defenders: Ben Davies, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Chris Gunter, Tom Lockyer, Ashley Williams, Ethan Ampadu.
Socks: Joe Allen, David Edwards, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Emyr Huw and Ryan Hedges;
Attackers: Gareth Bale, Marley Watkins, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes, Tom Lawrence, Ben Woodburn and David Brooks
History of the matches France vs Wales
The selections never met in official matches. They did, however, four friendlies. France won two of them, there was a draw and a Welsh success.
Despite having great offensive potential with top-quality strikers, the tactical system deployed by Dechamps has made it difficult for France to impose itself on challenged opponents. In the qualifiers, they came to draw at home with the fragile Luxembourg 0-0.
In a friendly, when the marking is not so strong, such a disability can be disguised. That’s why France is the best guessing option for the 1.36 showdown on Bet365. Draw shows return of 5.50 and successful visitor yields 15.00 per real invested.