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Preview: Spain vs. France

Preview: Spain vs. France
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the World Cup qualifier between Spain and France as they fight for top spot in Group I.

Spain and France go head to head in their Group I World Cup qualifier tomorrow with both sides on maximum points in the table.

The reigning champions will hope to stay on top when they welcome Didier Deschamps's men to the Vicente Calderon in Madrid following their convincing 4-0 win over Belarus.

Meanwhile, Les Bleus are determined to overcome their recent friendly 1-0 defeat to Japan and leapfrog their Spanish opponents, who top the group on goal difference alone.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to keep his role up front after he was picked ahead of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres last week, whole Andres Iniesta could return to the fold after being rested against Belarus.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery should lead the line for France, while Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye is likely to line the midfield.

Current form:

Spain: WWWWW
France: LDWWL

Possible lineups:

Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Alonso; Pedro, Fabregas, Iniesta

France: Lloris; Debuchy, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra; Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi; Menez, Benzema, Ribery

Sports Mole says: 3-1


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SURFING
· Wave conditions permitting, surfing will make its Olympic debut (11pm-8.20am)

SKATEBOARDING
· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

TAEKWONDO
· History beckons for Jade Jones as she looks to become a three-time Olympic champion - something never done before in the sport prior to these Games (2am-1.45pm)
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GYMNASTICS
· Already-legendary gymnast Simone Biles makes her first appearance of the Games in the women's qualifying event (2am-2pm)

SWIMMING
· The first swimming medals of the Games will be dished out, with home favourite Daiya Seto going for gold in the men's 400m individual medley (2.30am-4.20am)

CYCLING
· Lizzie Deignan is among the Team GB team looking for success in the women's road race (5am-9.30am)

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