Belgium vs France Friendly 2013
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Date: August 14, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM BST;
Venue: Stade Roi Baudouin — Bruxelles (Brussel).
Les Bleus will try to end their losing line and return to winning ways against very difficult opponent. Didier Deschamps’ team has to show great football against Belgium side, who has won their last 5 fixtures.
Belgium has a superb generation of young players. France also has a lot of top players who are talented. Belgium hasn’t been defeated in friendly fixtures at home since 2010. So they take friendlies pretty serious. Belgium has powerful players all across the field. France is also a very good side.
Last five games Belgium has finished with 5 straight wins. Last time they lost to Romania 2-1 in December 2012. Belgium tops the Group A in the WC Qualification Europe with 19 points after 7 games and is 3 points ahead of 2nd-placed Croatia. Marc Wilmots’ team has proven that they are very strong and can hold the ball. They will be confident of another victory at home to please their fans. An interesting fact is that 11 players represent the Premier League. They have such stars as Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Chelsea trio Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Also, 17-year-old Zakaria Bakkali could make his first call-up after hat-trick for PSV.
France has 1 win and 4 defeats from last five matches. They will be looking to stop a run of 3 straight losses and will have to do it away at the King Baudouin Stadium. Didier Deschamps’ team lost to Spain, Uruguay and Brazil in their previous games. But they still have great chances on WC qualification from the Group I, as Les Blues are going 2nd just 1 point behind the leaders Spain. Head coach Deschamps has returned Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri to the squad. Ex-Arsenal leader has not played for the national team since Euro 2012. Young Sevilla midfield Geoffrey Kondogbia, who was shining for French squad at the WC U-20 has a call-up too. A big surprise is a new Monaco defender Eric Abidal. In addition to France’s current poor form, they might miss some key players like Remy, Menez, Gameiro, Gomis and Gourcuff.
Belgium last three matches:
Belgium 2 – Serbia 1;
United States 2 – Belgium 4;
Belgium 1 – Macedonia FYR 0.
France last three matches:
Brazil 3 – France 0;
Uruguay 1 – France 0;
France 0 – Spain 1.