Our match prediction:
The White Eagles have ended the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in disappointing fashion, but the summer brought no changes for Alyaksandr Khatskevitch. Belarus failed to score a single goal in four matches prior to their friendly win over Republic of Ireland, which was supposed to be impetus for the national team ahead of the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Belarus are yet to qualify to the global competition as an independent nation and their chances of succeeding are not impressive against the likes of Netherland, Sweden and France who will be fighting for the tickets to Russia in Group A. Euro 2016 hosts France are the first ones to travel to Borisov Arena and we predict that Didier Deschamps men will have no problems dispatching the Belarus side. French boast a deep squad and a team with plenty of individual quality needed to jump over the first hurdle on their way to 2018 FIFA World Cup. Paul Pogba will be the one to watch in Belarus as world’s most expensive player is ready to continue his fine form into the new cycle.
Highligted Player (Griezmann):
Antoine Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision. Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team. Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the Under-19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
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.