France national team host Russia on Stade de France on Tuesday, March 29th.
As the hosts of the upcoming Euro-2016 France have played only friendly matches in last two years. Deschamps’ men took 3-2 victory one the road over the Netherlands on March 25th. France have scored 2 quick goals, allowed two in the very end of the match but managed to found back of the net the third time. Grizmann, Giroud and Matiudi were goalscorers in that match. France played 22 friendly matches as a part of their preparation for the home competition, taking wins in 17 of them, drawing 2 and losing another 4 with 31-15 aggregate goal difference.
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Russia qualified for the main stage of the competition after finishing second in the group and travel to France this summer. Russia tried their reserve players in confident victory in the previous friendly against Lithuania (3-0) with Smolov, Golovin and Glushakov as goalscorers. Most of the key players of Slutsky team including the captain Shirokov were rested in that match, getting ready exactly for the clash in Paris. As to away record of today’s visitors, they played 6 match on the road after WC-14, taking 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat with 15-4 aggregate goal difference. However, 7 of these goals were scored to Lichtenstein and another 3 was counted after Russia was give 3-0 win over Montenegro due to home crowd violence. If we leave these two matches aside, the goal difference is 5-4.
France and Russia met 3 times and no team have advantage in the head-to-head record with 1 win for each side and one draw and 5-5 goal difference. France proved with the friendly against Oranje that they are in solid shape and should have any troubles against Russia in the upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: France to win.