Finally! The 2022 World Qualifiers are here, and the reigning world champions (France) will begin their journey against Ukraine, who haven’t qualified to the World Cup final stage since the 2006 edition.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and Sports Betting odds for France vs Ukraine while making some predictions.
Game: France vs Ukraine
Location: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Time: Wednesday, March 24, 3:45pm ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
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Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 10
- France Victories: 6 (21 goals)
- Ukraine Victories: 1 (6 goals)
- Draws: 3
The last time these teams met was in a friendly match, and France crushed Ukraine 7-1. All Eduardo Camavinga, Olivier Giroud (two), Vitali Mykolenko (own goal), Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann scored for France, while Viktor Tsygankov did it for Ukraine.
Regarding the World Cup Qualifiers, France faced Ukraine twice during the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Ukraine won the first game 2-0, but France took revenge in the second leg with a 3-0 victory.
In 10 previous games against Ukraine, France finished with a clean sheet five times, and they failed to score three times.
Moneyline: France -400 | Ukraine +1000
Why bet on France?
Well, they’re the reigning world champions, and they’ve a very competitive squad, including Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Ousmane Dembele, and Raphael Varane.
“Le Blues” lost just one of their last five matches (against Finland). More recently, they beat Sweden 4-2 and Portugal 1-0.
Didier Deschamps has been the manager since 2012. With him on the bench, France finished the 2014 World Cup in seventh place, while winning the 2018 edition in a very exciting grand finale against Croatia (4-2).
The French roster is insanely good, so good that players such as Ousmane Dembele, Clement Lenglet, Ferland Mendy, Adrien Rabiot, and Wissam Ben Yedder have to start on the bench; they’ll be starters anywhere else.
This season, Kylian Mbappe has scored 20 goals for PSG in the Ligue 1 (they’re in first place); while Olivier Giroud has scored six goals for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League (they’re in the Round of 8).
You might be wondering about Karim Benzema, who has scored 17 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga. The striker hasn’t played for France since 2015 after being involved in a scandal for extortion with Mathieu Valbuena, and Didier Deschamps doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.
France have a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 home games.
Why Bet on Ukraine?
Ukraine are looking to qualify to the world cup final stage for the first time since 2006. Back then, they were eliminated in the Round of 8, and their main player was Andriy Shevchenko, who is now the team’s manager.
The “Zbirna” lost four of their last five games. Their only victory was against Spain (1-0), and more recently they lost against Germany (3-1) and Switzerland (3-0).
That’s not a good sign, because we could compare France with Germany. Also, Ukraine doesn’t have a bunch of stars like France does; their main player is Andriy Yarmolenko, who plays for West Ham United and has scored 38 goals for the national team in 92 games.
The other one is Oleksandr Zinchenko, who plays for Manchester City, but he’s not a regular on Guardiola’s team. Also Roman Yaremchuk, who has scored six goals in 19 games for the national team.
Ukraine has nothing to lose here; they know that France come in as the huge favorite to win Group D (Finland come next), but in order to have a chance, they really need to play a perfect game.
In Shevchenko’s case, who by the way was a beast as a player, he knows that this is his last chance to make it as the national team manager.
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
All France players will be available for this crucial matchup.
France’s expected lineup is Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Tanguy Ndombele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Ukraine lost several players due to injury or COVID-19, including Artem Besedin, Viktor Tsygankov, Taras Stepanenko, Igor Kharatian and Viktor Kornienko.
Ukraine’s expected lineup is Andriy Pyatov, Mykola Matvienko, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Eduard Sobol, Oleksandr Karavayev, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zubkov and Roman Yaremchuk.
Pick: France to win
Over/Under: 2½ goals
The last game between France and Ukraine went way over 2½ goals, and it was a friendly game. Now, with points on the line, France should be even more aggressive (and Ukraine should be even more careful).
Two of France’s last four games went over 2½ goals, while three of Ukraine’s last four games also went over 2½ goals.
Pick: Over 2½ goals
Final Score Prediction: France 3 – Ukraine 1
France vs Ukraine Props Predictions
At BetUs you can also predict the correct score and the half time-full time winners. France won four of their last five games against Ukraine, and “Le Blues” haven’t been down at half time in any of those games.
On FIFA.com, 80% agree with us, and only 14% believe that Ukraine can pull off the upset.
Here’s a quick rundown of France vs Ukraine latest results (all competitions):
- France 7 – Ukraine 1 (4-0 at half time)
- France 3 – Ukraine 0 (2-0 at half time)
- Ukraine 2 – France 0 2 (0-0 at half time)
- Ukraine 0 – France 2 (0-0 at half time)
- Ukraine 1 – France 4 (0-0 at half time)
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