Having both won their respective 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers earlier last week, France and Spain go head-to-head in one of the most glamorous fixtures in international footbal.
French history was written against Luxembroug as Kylian Mbappe became the youngest international in the last 60 years.
18 – Kylian Mbappe (18 yo & 95 days) has become the youngest ?? international since Wisniewski v Sweden in 1955 (18 yo & 61 days). Early. pic.twitter.com/4VFgQrRMp7
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 25, 2017
As for the game, France recorded fourth victory in the qualifications, but the Tricolors didn’t impress anyone as Luxembourg even went on to score an equaliser to briefly go 1-1 before conceding two more. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud netted twice, while Antoine Griezmann added another one.
On the other side, Spain played a very good game against Israel.
Two goals in each half with a diverse list of scorers which includes David Silva, Vitolo, Diego Costa and Isco will have been a fine morale boost for the Spanish side.
Since he replaced Vicente del Bosque on the Spanish bench, Julien Lopetegui is still unbeaten as he recorded five victories and two draws with 23:4 goal difference.
Head to Head
Spain and France have met 34 times so far and Spain have had more success with 15 victories, while France celebrated in twelve of those games.
- Both sides are unbeaten in their seven matches
- France won nine of the last ten matches they played at home
- Spain has been rather inconsistent in their last 10 away games (W4 D4 L2)
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in the last four matches between the two teams
- Kylian Mbappe could become France’s youngster starter ever
France have no fresh injury concerns but may make one or two changes to the side that won cosily against Luxembourg. Layvin Kurzawa will be hoping to oust Benjamin Mendy at left-back and Florian Thauvin could come in for Ousmane Dembele on the right wing. Olivier Giroud scored twice last time out and should keep his place up-front.
Isco could be rewarded with a starting berth for his display against Israel.
The Spain boss has received a piece of bad news though, as he won’t be able to count on Chelsea striker Diego Costa who picked up an injury at training and would probably be replaced with Alvaro Morata.
France: Lloris; Sidibe, Umtiti, Koscielny, Kurzawa; Matuidi, Kante; Thauvin, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud.
Spain: De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Isco, Busquets, Koke; Pedro, Morata, Silva.
Date: 24 March 2017
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade de France, Paris, France
Referee: Felix Zwayer