France v Bosnia and Herzegovina Preview And Predictions - World Cup Qualifiers Matchday Four
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France v Bosnia and Herzegovina Preview And Predictions - World Cup Qualifiers Matchday Four

France continue their bid to finish top of Group D in the World Cup Qualifiers when they take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Stade de la Meinau in Strasbourg on Wednesday night. Unbeaten in their opening three games, the French are running away with the goup and should nail down top spot with the win. Get involved in the build-up to the World Cup Qualifiers with our preview and predictions for the game.


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It’s been a pretty dismal couple of years for Bosnia having gone just W3-D6-L12 since June 2019. 

Even those victories were picked up against Liechtenstein twice and Finland, with the last of those back in November 2019 as they’ve since failed to land a win in 13 outings. 

Goalscoring has been a particular problem, failing to score in eight of the past 10, with the likes of Iran, Costa Rica and Montenegro all registering clean sheets.

Up against the best sides they’ve faced in recent times – Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain – Bosnia have lost nine of 11 winless games since late 2018. 

They only managed just a single goal across the last six of those, with the past five such fixtures all ending in defeat. 

The best that can be said for Bosnia over these matches is that they largely avoided humiliation, with the last three such encounters ending in either 1-0 or 2-0 defeats.

France To Win To Nil

Having already limited France to a 1-0 win during these World Cup Qualifiers, they’ll hold on to some hope that they could pick up a point, with qualification still on the cards owing to a high number of draws between other teams vying for second place in Group D. 

However, this isn’t a very experienced team with Miralem Pjanic (who has been struggling for game time with Barcelona) and Edin Dzeko (who turned 35-years-old in March) the biggest lights in their squad.

France haven’t exactly been perfect in Euro or World Cup qualifiers in recent times, with a W23-D6-L4 record since September 2012. 

However, they’re less likely to slip up on home turf, where they’ve won 12 of 16 games over this period as their only defeat was inflicted by Spain. 

They are without defenders Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, as well as midfielder Adrien Rabiot and forward Ousmane Dembele, but Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches available to him and his key players are all intact.

Les Bleus may have imploded somewhat during the summer, as they failed to keep clean sheets in their last three games at Euro 2020 against Hungary, Portugal and Switzerland before being dumped out on penalties. 

However, prior to that, they’d shut out their opponents for five games on the bounce, including clashes with Germany, Wales and Bosnia themselves.






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