Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
After rolling over Kazakhstan 8-0, France will look to cement top position in Group D when they take on Finland in Helsinki in their last group game. Les Tricolores have already secured automatic qualification for the 2022 World Cup, but they surely want to remain undefeated in Group D. Didier Deschamps should opt to make changes to the team that faced the Kazakhs, with Aurelien Tchouameni, Kurt Zouma, and Benjamin Pavard all pushing for a start. Olympique Marseille man Matteo Guendouzi could be handed his France debut against Finland.
The hosts, on the other hand, did well to beat Bosnia in Zenia in their last group match, with the team climbing to second place in the standings. Finland are eager to grab something from Tuesday’s clash as Ukraine are breathing down their neck, but given the number of high-profile footballers in Didier Deschamps’ team, away win should be considered. Right-back Raitala is banned, while centre-back Ivanov has been ruled out with injury.
Highlighted Player (Niklas Moisander):
Despite playing for Ajax during his youth career, Niklas Moisander began started playing for Finnish side TPS at senior level. However, after making 17 league appearances for the club in the 2002/2003 season, he returned to Ajax on 5 June, 2003. Moisander played for Jong Ajax in Beloften Eredivisie and in 2006 he joined Zwolle.
The Finnish defender signed for fellow Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in 2008 and he spent four years at the club. In 2012 he returned to Ajax and he started playing for the Amsterdam Arena outfit on regular basis. After making 77 league appearances for Ajax between 2012 and 2015, he joined Sampdoria on March 2015 on a free transfer.
Moisander signed a three-year deal with the club and he played 22 league games for La Samp in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. At the end of the season he moved to Werder Bremen. The former Ajax footballer was born on 29 September, 1985 in Turku, Finland.
Highlighted Team (France):
Recording impressive results on international stage since 1904, France are widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful national teams, with three major trophies to their name. Two of those were won on home soil as Les Bleus emerged triumphant at the 1984 World Cup and 1998 European Championships, before also winning the 2000 Euros in Netherlands and Belgium.
Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse formed the “Carre Magique” during the 80’s as one of the most impressive attacking line-ups made life difficult for opposition defenders for years on end.
The new golden generation appeared at the turn of the century and featured players like Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Youri Djorkaef, winning back to back major trophies to place Les Bleus back on the map.
A new world-class team appears to be in the making as the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane are the pillars of the team led by Didier Deschamps. France national team now play their games at the stunning Saint Denis, or Stade de France.