Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
All eyes will be on NSC Olympiyskiy Stadium when Ukraine and France square off against each other in the Group D derby. The Ukrainians have drawn each of their four group games, but they were more than unfortunate not to beat Kazakhstan on Wednesday evening. Oleksandr Petrakov’s troops missed a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in the 2-2 draw with the Kazakhs, and, as a result, they have slim chances of securing automatic qualification for the 2022 World Cup finals.
Les Tricolores, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Bosnia. Sevilla defende Jules Kounde, who was sent off in the midweek clash, is sidelined through suspension, while fellow defender Benjamin Pavard remains in the recovery room. Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is widely expected to return to the starting XI. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two teams, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Andriy Yarmolenko):
Arguably the most exciting Ukrainian player at the moment, Andriy Yarmolenko is the 26-year-old forward, who can play wide as a winger and fill in numerous positions in attack. Over the past few years there has been a gathering feeling that the player has outgrown the Ukrainian League and that with the player surpassing the 200-game mark for Dynamo Kyiv Yarmolenko should be heading west to Europe’s brighter stage.
Wanted and scouted by Spanish giants Barcelona, Yarmolenko attracted interest from many other clubs, predominantly from the Premier League, and was even close to joining Everton in summer 2016, but the Goodison outfit’s offer came too late to the Ukrainian club.
Talented forward is a free-scoring machine who has already scored more than 115 goals for the club he spent his entire career with. The two-footed winger is equally adept through the middle and is a versatile force that would be a good addition to any self-respecting European side.
Yarmolenko made hi Ukraine debut in 2009 and has so far been capped 63 times, during which he scored 26 goals for the national set-up.
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.