Topic:- European Qualifiers Now: France vs Albania, Serbia vs Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will be play in form for Portugal and France on Saturday
Team news and previews ahead of Saturday’s European Qualifiers, featuring France, Portugal and more.
France vs Albania – 7.45pm,
France team news: France will be without a number of key players at the Stade de France. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Tanguy Ndombele, Aymeric Laporte, Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele and Alexandre Lacazette are just a few of the high-profile absentees, leaving Didier Deschamps with a makeshift squad to choose from.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud looks set to win his 92nd cap, leading France’s attack with Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann set to start behind him. Lille forward Jonathan Ikone could be handed a debut, while Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could feature after being handed his first call-up.
Albania team news: Elseid Hysaj will win his 49th cap for Albania, while captain Mergim Mavraj will bring up a half century of appearances against France.
What’s the state of play? France host Albania knowing that anything other than a win could prove costly in their bid to qualify for Euro 2020. Deschamps’ side top Group H on goal difference but with three teams level on nine points after four games it’s still all to play for.
Saturday sees the top three in the group take on the bottom three, and France have the toughest test on paper against Albania, who have won twice in the qualifying already. Albania sit just three points behind France, Iceland and Turkey, and with the latter two nations facing Moldova and Andorra respectively, there’s no margin for error for the France.
Serbia vs Portugal – 7.45pm,
Serbia team news: Nemanja Matic is yet to start a game for Manchester United this season and with the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luka Milivojevic and Sasa Lukic also pushing for a starting place, Ljubisa Tumbakovic has a difficult decision to make. Elsewhere, new Real Madrid signing Luka Jovic is expected to start in attack alongside Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic, who will win his 50th cap, should he start.
Portugal team news: Joao Felix could start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Atletico Madrid last summer. Meanwhile, Wolves forward Diogo Jota, Ferro and Daniel Podence could all earn their international debuts against Serbia. Ferro has produced several impressive displays for Benfica and could replace Pepe, who is absent through injury.