Sitting at the bottom of League A Group 1, France have just two points from four matches. They have drawn two and lost two till now.
France will be hoping to register their maiden UEFA Nations League win of the current edition when they face Austria in a League A Group 1 match on Thursday night. The upcoming clash will see two sides sitting at the bottom places of their group going head-to-head with each other. The French side, which is currently lying at the foot of their group, have one more match in the competition remaining after the Austrian clash. Even if they win their two remaining games, France will not be able to get the top spot in the table. With a lot of players missing out through injuries, the upcoming fixtures will give Didier Deschamps a final chance to look at them before selecting the squad for the year-end Qatar World Cup.
|France vs Austria||Key details|
|Venue||Stade de France|
|Kickoff time in India||12:15 am (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in France||8:45 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time in Austria||8:45 pm (Thursday)|
Sitting at the bottom of League A Group 1, France have just two points from four matches. They have drawn two and lost two till now. In their last Nations League match in June, France had narrowly lost 1-0 at home to Croatia. Hence, they will be eager to make a mark in the final two group games. Meanwhile, Austria are currently placed a position higher than France in the third spot. They have four points, having managed a win and a draw till now. They are also winless in their last three Nations League fixtures, hence the upcoming match will also be important for Ralf Rangnick’s side.
France have a plethora of injury concerns ahead of the upcoming matches. The most notable absentee is Paul Pogba and his return date is not yet clear. He will be joined on the sidelines by N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman among others. Even in the backline, they have quite a few injuries, starting with their first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Presnel Kimpembe, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez and Lucas Hernandez. It would very well be a new-look French team that would be taking to the pitch in the upcoming matches. Meanwhile, Austria will also miss quite a few players and none more significant than Sasa Kalajdzic. It is not clear when he will return from his injury. He will be joined on the sidelines by Konrad Laimer, Stefan Ilsanker and Martin Hinteregger among other players.
France possible line-up: Maignan, Kounde, Saliba, Varane, Mendy, Guendouzi, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Griezmann, Dembele, Mbappe,
Austria possible line-up: Lindner, Lainer, Trimmel, Lienhart, Alaba, Schlager, Siewald, Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Gregoritsch, Arnautovic
The UEFA Nations League match between France and Austria will take place at Stade de France on Friday at 12:15 am IST.
For the football fans in India, the live telecast of the UEFA Nations League is available on the Sony Ten network. You can also live stream through SonyLIV App/ website and Jio TV. Besides, the supporters in France can watch the match between France and Austria on Molotov, M6, Free, M6.fr; and ORF TVthek, ORF eins in Austria.