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How France could line up against Moldova

Sports Mole looks at how France could line up for Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Moldova at the Parc des Princes.

France host Moldova on Thursday night as they look to move one step closer to securing qualification for next year's European Championships.

Les Bleus are currently behind Turkey at the top of the table on goal difference, knowing that a minimum of a point from each of their final two games in the campaign will seal them a place at Euro 2020.

Moldova, meanwhile, are rock bottom of the group with just one win from their eight qualifying matches.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how France could line up for Thursday's showdown.

Possible FRA XI V MOL

Out: Hugo Lloris (arm), Blaise Matuidi (rib), Aymeric Laporte (knee), Paul Pogba (ankle), Lucas Hernandez (knee)

Although France are heavy favourites to win on Thursday following Moldova's loss to Andorra during the last international break, Didier Deschamps is still expected to select a strong side.

Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda is likely to retain his place in goal in the continued absence of Hugo Lloris, behind a back four of Leo Dubois, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet and Benjamin Pavard.

Blaise Matuidi's late withdrawal from the squad with a rib injury saw Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi called up again, although the youngster will probably have to make do with a place on the bench.

It will be a direct choice for Deschamps between Tottenham Hotspur midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko as to who will partner Corentin Tolisso at the bottom of the French midfield.

Top stars Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are expected continue their roles in a dynamic front four that is likely to also include Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman and the in-form Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder.

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