Current world champions France will be hoping to get back to winning ways in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign when they face Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena this afternoon (Sunday).
Les Bleus have been pitted against some tricky teams in Group D, including Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine, meaning qualification to the main stage of the FIFA World Cup will not be a walk in the park for Didier Deschamps’ men.
In fact, Kazakhstan are being considered as the minnows of this group, the whipping belt for the four other teams, although they are yet to play a single game in the ongoing international break.
It leaves them at a disadvantage, especially as they return to action against the current world champions.
However, the Kazakhs will be hoping to capitalise on their home advantage and hope to soak up the pressure from the incoming onslaught as coach Talgat Baysufinov looks to cause a huge upset.
Kazakhstan Vs France Lineup
Kazakhstan XI (3-5-2): Mokin, Bystrov, Erlanov, Malyi, Alip, Valiullin, Muzhikov, Tagybergen, Vasiliev, Nurgaliev, Fedin
France XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Dubois, Zouma, Lenglet, Digne, Pogba, Ndombele, Lemar, Griezmann, Dembélé, Martial
Kick off is at 14:00 (GMT +1).
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