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  • October 11, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de France, Paris
  • Referee: C. Thomson
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: France v Bosnia & Herzegovina

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: France v Bosnia & Herzegovina

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The top two in Group D, already assured of at least a play-off place, meet in Paris to decide who will automatically qualify for Euro 2012


PROBABLE LINEUPS
FRANCE

Albania
Lloris
Reveilliere, Kaboul, Rami, Evra
Diarra, M'Vila
Remy, Nasri, Malouda
Gomis
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia
Begovic
Papac, Spahic, Mujdza, Lulic
Misimovic, Zahirovic, Rahimic
Pjanic
Dzeko, Ibisevic
An already depleted France squad have been rocked by further injury woes ahead of the winner-takes-all clash at the Stade de France. Patrice Evra, Adil Rami (both thigh) and Yohan Cabaye (ankle) all picked up knocks with the latter expected to make way for Alou Diarra in the heart of midfield.

Laurent Blanc was without Kevin Gameiro and Eric Abidal for Friday's convincing 3-0 win against Albania. Gameiro, out with an inflamed knee, is doubtful to face the Bosnians, whilst Abidal may not be risked, with the management adherent to parent club Barcelona's request. Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis are set to continue filling in Gameiro and the injured Karim Benzema.

Bosnia coach Safet Susic has said in the build-up to the crunch game on Tuesday that he could be set to make some changes. The majority of the side who featured in Friday's crushing 5-0 win against Luxembourg are expected to start, with Adnan Zahirovic and Boris Pandza set to take part at some stage to add some defensive steel to the side.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • A depleted France side secured a convincing 3-0 home win against Albania thanks to goals from Florent Malouda, Loic Remy and Anthony Reveilliere.
  • Les Bleus top Group D with 20 points, a single point ahead of nearest challengers and opponents Bosnia & Herzegovina.
  • France are unbeaten in 14 internationals, stretching back to the opening round of qualifiers last September. Belarus secured a shock 1-0 win in Paris.
  • Laurent Blanc's men prevailed 2-0 in Sarajevo in the corresponding fixture. 
  • France will qualify for Euro 2012 if they avoid defeat to the Dragons at the Stade de France. A win for the visitors will see them pip the hosts to the top of the group and to Poland/Ukraine leaving Laurent Blanc's men to negotiate the play-offs in November.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday evening to stay in the hunt for automatic Euro 2012 qualification.
  • The big win ensured that the Bosnians stretched their unbeaten run to five games, also not conceding a goal in that time.
  • The eastern Europeans have never qualified for a major tournament as an independent nation. They could do so if they beat France - something they are yet to achieve in three attempts.

Players to watch

L. Rémy

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Marseille striker enjoyed an impressive outing in Paris on Friday evening, adding to his international reputation with a well-taken goal. The 24 year old has been on top form this season for both club and country and it's no surprise as to why he is earning the plaudits. Pacy, with a good head, and technical ability, Remy has to perform more like his idol Thierry Henry, if he is to push France past the finishing line and into Euro 2012.

E. Džeko

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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Edin Dzeko has come alive in the 2011-12 season, with a string of goals for Manchester City in the Premier League and for his nation. The 'Bosnian Diamond' already has nine strikes to his name, and could well grab one or two against a makeshfit French defence on Tuesday. With 12,000 Bosnian fans expected inside the Stade de France, Dzeko will the focal point of their attack in an attempt to claim a shock victory and a landmark moment for his nation. A huge game for Dzeko and co.

Editor's Prediction

A spate of injuries has proved to be no difficult barrier to overcome for France as they comfortably swept away Albania. Though Bosnia-Herzegovina are sure to provide far sterner opposition, Les Bleus can count on their vociferous home support to stumble across the finishing line. At the very least, Laurent Blanc's men should be able to grab the point they need to make it to Euro 2012. For Bosnia, an unlikely victory could well happen due to the hosts' defensive problems, but at the minimum, they need to ensure that they do not choke at the final hurdle, as was the case in 2009 against Portugal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

France

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Wins
2
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

France FRA
France France
Draw
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
25%
69%

Top 3 Predictions

France FRA
1 - 2
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
France FRA
2 - 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
France FRA
0 - 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH

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