Nations League 7/10/21. There is one semi-final today. At 19:45, on Sky Sports Football, is Belgium v France in the Nations League.
Nations League 7/10/21 – Belgium v France
- Leandro Trossard has been in great form for Brighton this season and could be a surprise starter on Thursday.
- Hans Vanaken has also been in great form for club but Youri Tielemans should keep his place in midfield despite an underwhelming campaign for Leicester thus far.
- Thorgan Hazard or Yannick Carrasco will start at left wing-back for Belgium, while Timothy Castagne and Thomas Meunier battle for a place on the opposite flank.
- Dedryck Boyata and Jason Denayer are in competition to start at centre-back alongside veteran duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
- Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of last month and misses out here for France. His absence may cause Didier Deschamps to seriously consider a back three.
- Lucas Hernandez could move into a three-man defence with brother Theo starting at left wing-back. Lucas Digne is perhaps the more likely to play in this instance, however.
- Alternatively, Deschamps could deploy France in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Paul Pogba joined by two of Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Jordan Veretout and Matteo Guendouzi.
- Didier Deschamps will surely stop experimenting with Jules Kounde at right-back after his disastrous recent performances there. Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard should start.
- Olivier Giroud has only started three of AC Milan’s seven league matches this season and has not been called up.
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