Parc Olympique Lyonnais, the stadium where the 2018 Europa League Final took place, is the venue of the friendly match between France and the United States. For the hosts, this is a great opportunity to test their players before going to the World Cup in Russia. For the Americans, this friendly is a chance for young players to showcase their talents. So, who’s gonna win? Find out in this France vs. USA match preview!
According to the bookies, France are the 4th-biggest favorite for lifting the World Cup trophy this summer. It’s not a surprise, considering that there’s so much talent in this squad. Two years ago, France reached the final of the Euro Cup but failed to win Gold. Today, their players are more experienced, but still seem to be in their prime years.
Their key man seems to be Antoine Griezmann, Atletico’s forward who is speculated to move to Barcelona after the tournament. He’s been fantastic this season, helping his team win the Europa League title in May. Apart from Griezmann, France has plenty of other big-name players, including Man United’s playmaker Paul Pogba, PSG’s super-talented youngster Kylian Mbappe, and many, many others.
France did very well in the qualifiers, finishing at the top spot in the Group A, above Sweden and Netherlands, amongst others. They lost only one game in the qualifying campaign and their good run continued in the friendlies. France won their previous three friendlies, in which they played Russia, Ireland, and Italy.
They now face the United States in what’s their final test before the World Cup. Speaking of the World Cup, France will play in the Group C, together with Denmark, Australia, and Peru. It appears that they won’t have any problems reaching the knockout stage, but for Deschamps’ boys, it’s better to remain focused. You can expect them to play well in the clash with the Americans so that they could travel to Russia with their heads kept high.
It’s true that the USMNT disappointed their fans by failing to qualify for the World Cup. But, this doesn’t mean they’re a bad team. On the contrary, they have plenty of talent in the squad, especially among young players. It seems that they were simply unlucky in the qualifiers.
The future of this team lies in Christian Pulisic, a 19-year-old winger who plays for Borussia Dortmund. Unfortunately, we won’t see him in the friendly with France, but there are many other youngsters that will feature in this game.
Timothy Weah is definitely one of them. He’s the son of legendary footballer George Weah, who’s the current President of Liberia. Apart from Weah, you should also pay attention to the performances of Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie, who are expected to have very successful careers in the future.
- All of the players traveling to Russia are currently injury-free.
- A few of their key men, including Pulisic, are going to miss this friendly.
Lloris – Umtiti, Varane, Sidibé, Mandy – Matuidi, Kante, Pogba – Mbappé, Dembele, Griezmann
Hamid – Miazga, Lichaj, Yedlin, Palmer-Brown – McKennie, Corona, Rubin – Weah, Sargent, Wood
France vs. USA Match Prediction
Not only do French players have quality on their side, but they will be more motivated than the Americans to win this game. They need a big win to boost their morale even further before the World Cup. Plus, they play this match in front of their own crowd, so you can expect them to do very well on Saturday evening.
France vs. USA Betting Tips
- France @1.16 (bet365)
- France AH -2.5 @2.55 (Unibet)