Preview - France vs United States 10 June 18

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International Friendly
France vs United States
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
04:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.80
Average goals against per match: 0.60
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (31)

United States:
Last five matches form: D D W W L
Average goals per match: 2.31
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Bobby Wood (12)

This weekend sees well fancied France given a send off from their own fans in Lyon before they embark on what many believe will be a successful World Cup campaign. The United States provide the opposition as Didier Deschamps men look to enter the competition on a high.

France head into the World Cup Finals as one of a handful of sides for whom lifting the famous trophy is a realistic goal. Whilst they might not yet be quite as gelled as a team as some of the opposition, in terms of how the squad looks on paper, there are few if any better sides heading to Russia. Les BleusA arrive at this game having won four of their past six friendlies and drawn against World Champions Germany. The only blip came when suffering an unexpected defensive collapse against Colombia when 2-0 up and cruising.

But for a final qualifying day capitulation at Trinidad and Tobago, the United States would likely also be taking part in this summer's finals. They have however rebounded reasonably well from that defeat, drawing two and winning two of their four friendlies since.

November's draw with Portugal was an encouraging result for the United States, but this game represents a huge step up in class from recent friendly opponents Paraguay, Bolivia and the Republic of Ireland. A squad short on experience is expected to struggle here and we wouldn't be surprised to see the floodgates open.

Prediction: France 5 - 0 United States


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 21 - 2
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 72% - 28%

Two yellow cards in this one with the USA's Shaquell Moore and Weston McKennie both having their names taken by referee William Collum.

Quite how the United States got out of this game with a draw is something of a miracle. Barely able to keep hold of the ball at times, the found their goal peppered by France throughout. For a long time it looked as though they might even hold out for what would have been the unlikeliest of victories.

Whether it was from range, set pieces, or shots inside the area, France were racking up the chances here, but were unable to find that killer finish. It was surely only a matter of time before they made the breakthrough though.

In the end it was the USA who struck first. Djibril Sidibe taking a very heavy first touch when attempting to deal with a long ball and presenting the ball to Julian Green in the right hand side of the box. He still looked unlikely to score when spinning and hitting it first time, but his effort went through Sidibe and beat Hugo Lloris at his near post. 0-1 at the break.

Amazingly the USA struck again at the start of the second half when Bobby Wood turned in a cross from the right. The linesman's flag spared France's blushes this time though with the effort being ruled out for offside.

After that incident we were back to attack versus defence again and France finally made their pressure tell in the 78th minute. Benjamin Pavard breaking well down the right and picking out Kylian Mbappé in the area. The PSG man doing the rest to sweep into the bottom left corner.

1-1 final score.

A disappointing result for France, but their overall performance going forward was ok and on another day they could easily have scored three or four. They still fail to convince at the back though which would be a concern going into the finals.

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