The countdown to this summer's Women's World Cup in France has officially begun, and 2019 will get under way with a marquee friendly fixture between the United States women's national team and the France women's team at Stade Oceane in Le Havre.
The current world champions will meet the tournament hosts in a massive clash that could set the precedent in the lead-up to this summer's competition, and is a potential future quarter-final meeting.
The USWNT are unbeaten in their last 28 matches, averaging more than three goals per game and currently on a 28-game scoring streak.
For France, the game is an opportunity to set the precedent for the World Cup, as a victory over the world campions would be a huge boost to the team.
|Game||France women vs USWNT|
|Date||Saturday, January 19|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports 1||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live on television or livestreamed.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Bouhaddi, Durand, Peyraud-Magnin|
|Defenders||Debever, Karchaoui, Lorgere, Majri, Perisset, Renard, Torrent, Tounkara|
|Midfielders||Bilbault, Bussaglia, Cascarino, Dali, Geyoro, Henry, Thiney|
|Forwards||Asseyi, Diani, Gauvin, Katoto, Le Sommer|
Corinne Diacre has no fresh injury concerns as her side prepare to host the world champions on Saturday.
Potential France XI: Bouhaddi; Karchaoui, Majri, Renard, Torrent; Bussaglia, Henry, Thiney; Le Sommer, Asseyi, Diani.
|Goalkeepers||Campbell, Franch, Harris, Naeher|
|Defenders||Dahlkemper, Davidson, Dunn, Fox, O'Hara, Sauerbrunn, Short, Sonnett|
|Midfielders||Brian, Colaprico, Ertz, Horan, Lavelle, Mewis, Sullivan, Zerboni|
|Forwards||Heath, Lloyd, McDonald, Morgan, Press, Pugh, Rapinoe|
Alex Morgan is expected to slot straight into the attacking line for the USWNT and, if she is to net two goals, she will reach 100 strikes for the team – a feat that only six other American footballers have reached in the women's game.
Potential USWNT XI: Harris; Sonnett, Dahlkemper, Sauerbunn, Fox; Ertz, Lavelle, Dunn; Pugh, Lloyd, Morgan.
Betting & Match Odds
The USWNT are priced at 3/10 to win according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 5/1. A win for France is priced at 10/1.
France, who are ranked third in the world, boast an extensive selection of world-class players and, as hosts, are among the favourites to win the tournament this summer – exactly one year after their men's team lifted the World Cup in Russia.
Les Bleues have not lost a game in France since the start of 2016, winning 21 games at home over that period, as well as ending 2018 on a seven-game winning streak and they have also scored in 27 straight matches. France had 15 different players strike for their country during that time, with an attack led by the prolific Eugene Le Sommer and her nine goals.
The USA have won 17 games against France, though the last eight meetings between the pair have produced four wins in the USA's favour and two losses. Saturday's test is an important meeting between the two as they give their squads a chance to prepare before the real journey begins this summer.
It is the first of a double header for the USWNT, as they prepare to face off against Spain on Tuesday for the second game of the side's friendly tour.
The game has been a sell-out with all 23,000 tickets having been sold for the highly-anticipated match, at a ground that has typically struggled to be filled when hosting the men's club games.
“It was critical to have [the team] play in France before the World Cup and this was the window of opportunity,” USWNT coach Jill Ellis said in the lead-up to the game.
“It’s in our building period and during our preseason journey, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. France is going to be a tremendous opponent to start 2019. They’re a great team and one of the favourites to win the World Cup. It’s going to be really good to see where we’re at during this early phase.
"When we planned this trip, we didn’t know our World Cup draw, but now we’ll have the benefit of playing in one of the cities where we will play in June, so it’s a win-win to get the lay of the land.”