Our prediction for this match:
France will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over Croatia when they welcome Finland at their Stade de France in a friendly. Fit-again Paul Pogba has made the cut, while in-form Borussia M’gladbach attacker Marcus Thuram could make his France debut against Finland. Kylian Mbappe has been included despite injury problems, but he is unlikely to be risked in Wednesday’s clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Barcelona attacker Antoine Griezmann, who has found his goalscoring touch with Barcelona of late.
Finland, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back Nations League wins over Bulgaria and Iceland, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against les Tricolores. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Norwich City attacker Teemu Pukki, but we predict that towering France defenders will prevent him from scoring in Wednesday’s friendly. Talented attacker Marcus Forss, who has been scoring goals for fun with Brentford, is likely to make his Finland debut against France.
Highlighted Player (Kylian Mbappé):
Kylian Mbappe is a French footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain as a forward. The French rising star began his youth career at AS Bondy and in 2013 he moved to AS Monaco. After making 12 appearances for Monaco B, Kylian Mbappe made his debut for the senior team in 2015. Mbappe quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer, with the teenager finding the net 15 times in 29 appearances in the Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 season.
In 2017 he moved to fellow French club PSG on loan, with the option of making the deal permanent. Kylian Mbappe scored 13 goals in 27 appearances for les Parisiens in the 2017/2018 and it has to be noted that Unai Emery’s troops eventually won the national championship.
Speaking of his international career, Mbappe played an important role for France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, with the pacey rising star scoring a brace in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament. The PSG attacker was born in Paris on December 20, 1998.
Highlighted Team (Finland):
Finland national football team played their first international game before the World War 1. The Finns were beaten by fellow Nordic side Sweden (2-5) on October 22, 1911, but eleven years later they recorded their biggest ever win on the international stage.
Finland outclassed Estonia 10-2 in Helsinki and, speaking of their heaviest defeat, the team suffered a 13-0 loss to Germany in Leipzig during the World War II (1940). Finland national team became a member of FIFA back in 1908, but they have yet to qualify for the finals of the major tournament. The Finns did not participate in the European Championship finals as well, but several top-class footballers were part of their national football team in the past.
Former Liverpool ace Jari Litmanen scored 32 goals in 137 appearances for Finland and Sami Hyypia is yet another notable footballer who played for the Eagle-owls. The colour of Finland’s home kits is white, while they play their away games in blue shirts and blue shorts.