Probable Lineups


Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(2) 2 Goals 0 (3)
38.7 Average Age 37.8
183.9 Average Height (cm) 180.5
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in World Cup Qualification UEFA 2nd Round.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status
Raphaël Varane Doubtful

Team News

  • Shakhtar teammates Olexandr Kucher and Yaroslav Rakitskiy are likely to vie for a place at centre-back, with the experienced former perhaps more likely to partner Khacheridi.
  • The central midfield will be occupied by two of three from Tymoshchuk, Rotan and Stepanenko with Edmar and Garmash not in the squad.
  • France will be well aware that Ukraine's main attacking threats come from the flanks in the form of Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko.
  • With no fresh injury concerns Didier Deschamps could name the side that picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Finland in their final group game.
  • Despite a plethora of talent in the area it seems Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba are set as the favoured pairing in defensive midfield behind Mathieu Valbuena.
  • Full-backs Debuchy and Evra are likely to get the nod over Sagna and Clichy respectively, with the main competition coming up front, where Karim Benzema has hit form to apply pressure on Olivier Giroud.


  • France will be favourites to progress over the two legs but know that they face a tough Ukraine side to break down, particularly on home soil, with the hosts having conceded just 4 goals in the group stages.
  • Les Bleus have not struggled to find the net of late, however, netting 13 goals in their last three matches and their strength in depth looks very impressive.
  • The visitors may be happy to return to France with a draw but they will hope to find the target at least once and get that often crucial away goal advantage.

User Predictions

Comments (16)

  • соснули?)

  • WTF France are 80% out ...

  • it's going to be fun to see how France can cheat their way out of this one, like they did in the previous two play-offs

  • Украинцы молодцы! С победой!

  • france gonna be in a biiiiiiiig trouble

  • kambodjanec: Throw ins е тъчове,Dribbles е успешен дрибъл/пробивand Tachles е шпагати/отнемане на топката).

  • Can someone please tell me whats mean: Throw ins,Dribbles and Tachles?

  • With the way Benzema has been playing as of late, I would play him as a number 10 behind Giroud, with Nasri coming in from the right and Frank on the left, these three players have a good understanding of each other, with the target man playing up front.

  • I would not use Valbuena and Nasri together, France need more wing pace, otherwise they'll get stuck in midfield.

  • Как же хочется, чтобы судейство не помогало сегодня французам... желаю победы украинцам, они её больше заслужили

  • bystrik 35 думаешь пролетят они?

  • Судный день для хохлов

  • I think Benzema may start this game Giroud needs a rest

  • Ukraine will win ! 2-1.

  • Edmar is in the squad and most likely he will be in starting XI.

  • Which Tymoshchuk? Most likely you are wrong about the composition. Probably will not play on Tymoshchuk and Gusev. And most likely it will Rakitsky place Kucera and Devic together Gusev.