World Cup 2018: France Team, Predicted Playing XI and Starting Lineup vs Denmark
UPDATE: France have rested players for the third game.
France XI vs Denmark: Mandanda; Sidibe, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Nzonzi, Lemar; Dembele, Griezmann, Giroud
The final round of World Cup group games are underway and Group C sees France take on Denmark in what is a clash of the European titans in that group. Les Bleus may have won both their games so far to top the group but they have looked far from convincing in their wins over Australia and Peru.
France are assured of going through to the Round of 16 but with six points to Denmark's four, they are not assured of top spot yet. This could see Didier Deschamps go with his preferred lineup until a result is secured.
Antoine Griezmann - who was top goalscorer at Euro 2016 with six goals - is yet to get going in the World Cup. The Atletico Madrid forward has only scored one goal so far; a penalty against Australia.
"I will get better and better," Antoine Griezmann said on French TV show Telefoot. "It was the same at the Euros. It was only after the (second round) that I started to play very well."
How will France line-up against Denmark?
The only concerns for France are in defence. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has been struggling with a thigh problem while Djibril Sidibe is a doubt but will mostly start the game.
Skipper Hugo Lloris is expected to start in goal as France look to top the group. With Umtiti out of contention, Presnel Kimpembe will most likely partner Raphael Varane in central defence. Djibril Sidibe is expected to replace Benjamin Pavard at right-back while Lucas Hernandez starts at left-back.
With France expected to go with a 4-2-3-1 again, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba will start in central midfield. Kante's defensive responsibilities and ability to run for ages will free up Pogba to go forward.
Blaise Matuidi started out on the left of midfield in the previous game but Ousmane Dembele could get the nod today out on the left in attack. Kylian Mbappe - who became the youngest French goalscorer (aged 19) at a major tournament - will start on the right.
Antoine Griezmann will play off Olivier Giroud in attack. Griezmann will most likely play in a free role near the final third while Giroud plays as the target man occasionally drifting wide to give Griezmann space in the centre.
France XI and Formation
Note: This article was updated with the confirmed lineups after they were announced.
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