FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: France vs Gambia

FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: France vs Gambia
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The next FIFA U-20 World Cup fixtures in Group F will see France take on Gambia and Honduras play South Korea on Thursday. Gambia and South Korea will be looking to win and qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16.

However, France and Honduras will have their ambitions. The French will be especially eager to get their campaign on track when they face Gambia. They sit 3rd in the group after losing their first match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup against South Korea.

France U20 vs Gambia U20 Match Preview

France

France must avoid defeat to stand a chance in this group. Les Bleuets, who won this competition with Paul Pogba in their side in the 2013 edition, will hope to bounce back by claiming their first three points against Gambia on Thursday. However, Gambia will give them a difficult task, as their underdog tag could motivate them to try and win and join their African brothers, Nigeria, in the next round.

France has been winless in their last three games, picking a draw and two losses. They're not in good shape ahead of this all-important game against Gambia. They must be at their best to win against the energetic Gambians.

Gambia

The Gambia side are top of the group with three points courtesy of their 2-1 win over Honduras. Adama Bojang scored on either side of the half to inspire the Africans to victory.

The African U20 finalists have won six of their last eight matches ahead of their matchup with France. They will be motivated by the fact that an African side, Nigeria, has made it into the next round already. They'll feel they, too, can topple a European opponent and progress to the Round of 16.

France U20 vs Gambia U20 Match Predictions

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1st Prediction: Gambia to Score

We'll like to point out that Gambia scored twice in their last match. As a matter of fact, they've scored in six of their previous seven games. They're great in front of goal. Consequently, we're backing them to score at least a goal against France.

2nd Prediction: Handicap (0:2) Gambia

On paper, France is the overwhelming favourite, but the Gambians should not be taken for granted. They're poised to score and even pull off a big win. The French side has not been convincing lately, which may play against them in their quest to win. We fancy Gambia to not lose by more than two goals should France beat them. As a result, a two-goal Handicap for Gambia should come home in this bout.

Head-to-Head Records

The two nations have not met in this competition before.

France U20 vs Gambia U20 Lineups

Official lineups for this encounter will be made available about an hour before the match.

Frequently Asked Questions About France U20 vs Gambia U20

Where can I get a ticket for the France vs Gambia match?

Visit the official FIFA U20 World Cup website for the latest ticket information.

Which team are the favourites to win the match?

Bookmakers favour France to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup match.

Which venue will host the France vs Gambia match?

This match will be played at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

Where can I watch this match in Nigeria?

You can watch this match live on live football apps in Nigeria. Click here to know more.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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