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March 26, 2013 11:00 PM EAT
Stade de France — Paris
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France-Spain Preview: European powerhouses set for Paris showdown

Vicente del Bosque's side surrendered top spot in Group I to les Bleus with a 1-1 draw against Finland on Friday and are under pressure to get a result in the French capital

By Karthick Arvinth

Ribery, Spain
John Berry
  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FRANCE

Lloris
Jallet, Varane, Sakho, Evra
Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye
Valbuena, Giroud, Ribery

SPAIN

Valdes
Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Monreal
Xavi, Busquets, Alonso
Pedro, Fabregas, Iniesta


France have no fresh injury worries ahead of Tuesday's vital World Cup qualifier against Spain at Stade de France.

Coach Didier Deschamps is set to revert to a 4-3-3 formation, with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud expected to spearhead the attack ahead of the out-of-form Karim Benzema.

Patrice Evra and Yohan Cabaye are likely to return to the starting line-up after being unused substitutes in the 3-1 win over Georgia, while youngsters Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba may keep their place in the side after solid debuts.

Defender Jordi Alba is unavailable for Spain after picking up a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw against Finland.

David Silva also misses out through suspension, but fellow playmaker Xavi, who missed the game in Gijon with a hamstring problem, was able to train with the squad on Saturday and is expected to start.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • France are on a 13-match unbeaten run in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers (W9, D4).
  • Les Bleus have won just one of their last six encounters against Spain, losing four.

  • Mathieu Valbuena (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three appearances for France.

  • Spain are on a 19-match unbeaten run (W14, D5) stretching back to November 2011.

  • The Iberian outfit have won their last four away matches, including friendlies.

  • Vicente del Bosque overtook Ladislao Kubala's record for overseeing the most number of games as Spain boss in Friday's qualifier against Finland. The 62-year-old has taken charge of 69 internationals, winning 57.



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France
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Nov 19, 2013France 3 - Ukraine 0WCQE
Nov 15, 2013Ukraine 2 - France 0WCQE
Oct 15, 2013France 3 - Finland 0WCQE
Oct 11, 2013France 6 - Australia 0FR
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Nov 19, 2013South Africa 1 - Spain 0FR
Nov 17, 2013Equatorial Guinea 1 - Spain 2FR
Oct 15, 2013Spain 2 - Georgia 0WCQE
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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
19MonrealDefender
3PiquéDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
11PedroStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
2César AzpilicuetaDefender
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
-Javi GarcíaMidfielder
22Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
-IscoMidfielder
10Juan MataStriker
11NegredoStriker
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