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EC Qualification

  • March 25, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg)
  • Referee: T. Hagen
  • • Attendance: 8052
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Luxembourg - France

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Luxembourg - France

After wins over England and Brazil in their last encounters, Les Bleus look to continue their recent fine form with a comfortable win in their qualifying match with Luxembourg.

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Luxembourg: Jourbet; Hoffman, Schnell, Blaise, Kintzinger; Peters, Bayal; Leweck, Gerson, Da Mota; Joachim

Luxembourg


France: Lloris; Sagna, Mexes, Rami, Evra; M'Vila; Gourcuff, Nasri, Ribery, Malouda; Benzema

France





DID YOU KNOW?

  • Luxembourg's most recent international ended in a surprise 2-1 win for De Roude Leiw against World Cup finalists Slovakia last month.
  • Daniel Da Mota scored a brace in that match, he plies his trade in the national division.
  • Luc Holz's side's first ever international was against France 100 years ago this October - they lost 4-1.
  • Their only previous victory against France was 5-4 win at home in 1914.
  • If Luxembourg manage to gain something from this match, it will be the first time they have been unbeaten for more than two games since 1995.
  • However, the Grand Duchy haven't recorded a competitive victory since a shock 2-1 win over Switzerland in 2008.
  • They are bottom of Group D, having recorded one point in four games.
  • France are on a five-match winning streak. The last time Laurent Blanc's men tasted defeat was in a 1-0 home loss to Belarus in their opening match in the European qualifiers.
  • Les Bleus' fine form includes the 1-0 win over Brazil last month and a 2-1 victory over neighbours England at Wembley in November.
  • Wayward World Cup duo Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery have served their bans and are expected to feature for Les Bleus for the first time since their infamous World Cup rebellion.
  • France are top of Group D in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, winning three and conceding none since their slip-up against Belarus.
  • France have also won their last 12 competitive games against the Grand Duchy with an aggregate score of 50-5.
  • History is on their side, France have a W14 D0 L1 record against Luxembourg, and all things point to another Les Blues victory.
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LAST MEETING


October 12, 2010
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France 2-0 Luxembourg

France had few problems dispatching the challenge of Luxembourg in Euro 2012 qualifying, scoring once in each half against the 10-man minnows to record a 2-0 victory.

Karim Benzema broke the deadlock against a side comprising of 10 amateurs and just one professional. A Yoann Gourcuff corner fizzed in to the back post, and Benzema was given time to control the ball before smashing it across goal and into the net via the post. A rash challenge from Rene Peters on Gourcuff earned the visiting captain his second yellow card

The second goal came in the 75th minute. A quickly taken free-kick from Dimitri Payet found Gourcuff, and his low fizzing shot passed a couple of defenders before deceiving Jonathan Joubert, who allowed the shot to pass through him on a night on which he was otherwise impeccable.


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Euro 2012 Qualification Preview: Luxembourg - France

Players to watch

D. Alves Da Mota

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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Daniel Da Mota will be the international minnows' best hope of a goal on Friday evening. The Portuguese-born striker notched his first two international goals in the surprise win over Sloavkia, and scored a brace in Dudelange's league win over the weekend. Along with goalkeeper Jonathan Jourbet, he will be Luxembourg's most important player to be marked by France.

K. Benzema

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Karim Benzema is enjoying a rich vein of form which has seen the Real Madrid forward find the net an incredible eight times in his last five games. He also notched up France's winner against Brazil at the Stade de France last month, and seems to be playing his football a swagger lately which has seen him become an integral part of Los Blancos' title push.The Grand Duchy will be aware of his considerable strength, as well as his vicious striking attributes.

Editor's Prediction

Laurent Blanc's rejuvenated Les Bleus will want to continue their great run into their first qualifier of 2011. With recent wins against England and Brazil, coupled with the return of Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery as well as the key form of certain players, notably Karim Benzema, France will look to secure a very comfortable win on Friday. Expect plenty of attacking - Luxembourg would be happy to restrict Les Bleus to three goals or less.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Luxembourg

France

Wins
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5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Luxembourg LUX
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Draw
France FRA
France France
93%

Top 3 Predictions

Luxembourg LUX
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France FRA
Luxembourg LUX
0 - 2
France FRA
Luxembourg LUX
0 - 4
France FRA

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