Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
David faces Goliath at Stade de France in the Euro 2020 qualifier. Les Tricolores aim to clinch their spot at the next year’s showpiece tournament, but head coach Didier Deschamps must warn his men against complacency. Manchester United ace Paul Pogba misses the game through injury. Still, regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts as Moldova are on a five-game losing run.
The Moldovans face an uphill task in Thursday’s football game, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling France’s party at Stade de France. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be PSG ace Kylian Mbappe, who returns to the starting XI after missing the Turkey game with injury. Yet another man to watch in the home side will be Barcelona attacker Antoine Griezmann.
Highlighted Player (Djibril Sidibé):
Born in Troyes, Djibril Sidibe made his first football steps at his hometown club. Having excelled throughout the youth ranks, Sidibe was rewarded with his professional debut in 2010. Two years later he moved to Lille where he established himself as one of the biggest prospects in French football.
A 2016 move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco came as a reward for his impressive qualities. Sidibe is a solid right-back who is great at picking out passes, especially with crosses. A determined individual, Sidibe does not easily get caught out in a wide space. His impressive footwork make him a difficult player to play against going forward which he has a knack for.
Monaco are expected to be another stepping stone in his career and it won’t be too long before the World Cup winning French international has made a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.