The first game of the two game World Cup Qualifying playoff between France and Ukraine takes place in Kyiv today, and it has a 9:45 pm local kick-off time.
Mathieu Debuchy – likely to be in France’s starting line-up
There are four Newcastle players in the French squad for the two games – Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko, and of the four it seems the in-form Debuchy, who has looked in great form for Newcastle over the last few league games, has the best chance to start the game.
Yohan Cabaye could also start, although 20 year-old 6’3″ Juventus and former Manchester United youngster, Paul Pogba, got the nod in the last World Cup group game, and Yohan came on as a second half substitute.
And if French manager Didier Deschamps goes with the in-form players, then Loic Remy will surely also start.
The winner of the two-legged play-off goes to the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer, but it’s by no means certain that France will qualify.
Ukraine finished second in England’s qualifying group just one point behind England, and they drew both of their games with England, and looked a very good side
It will be crucial for France to defend well tonight in front of a very partisan crowd in Kyiv, and England in their group game there did very well to hold on to a 0-0 draw, and at Wembley the score finished 1-1.
We’ll be reporting on the game tonight, once it’s finished, and we wish our four Frenchmen all the best in the two crucial upcoming games.
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