Sam WattFrance vs Andorra, Tuesday September 10th, 19.45, Stade de France. France will look to run up the tally against Andorra, as one of international football’s true minnows visit the World Cup holders.
France will look to run up the tally against Andorra, as one of international football’s true minnows visit the World Cup holders.
It’s not a question of if France will win here, it’s by how many. They got four when the teams met in June, and anything less than that will be a genuine surprise.
Indeed, even with Didier Deschamps’ squad having been hit by injuries to the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele, it’s not enough to level the playing field against a side that has only ever won two competitive fixtures.
But with France fighting Turkey and Iceland for two places at the top of Group H, goal difference could be a factor. The three nations have been relatively evenly matched in the early qualifiers, prior to the September fixtures, but something will eventually have to give between them.
It could be goal difference, or even goals scored. The group will be determined initially on the head-to-head record of any teams level on points but having lost to Turkey, that’s not necessarily in France’s favour.
France can’t take for granted that they’ll pull away from Turkey and Iceland, or that the head-to-head will be in their favour. Plundering a fair few goals here will give Les Bleus some comfort that if it goes to goal difference, it’ll be to their side.
Deschamps’ side are capable of scoring more than the four they got in June – so a 6-0 win isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
The top online betting sites certainly expect goals. There’s no value in over 4.5 goals and while under 4.5 goals is tempting – if Andorra can put up something of a rearguard action and keep the score down – it’s less likely than France hitting six, or more. 888Sport price over 5.5 goals at 59/50.
It’d be a minor miracle if Andorra survived either half against France and came out level. But perhaps France are frustrated in the first half and it ends goalless? Or maybe they get all their goals out of their system in the first 45, and the second half is a damp squib with no further goals? Either scenario is at least conceivable. Royal Panda have a draw in at least one half at 17/5.
Head to Head
France and Andorra have met four times. The last two games have ended 4-0 to France, with a 1-0 win in 1999 and 2-0 win in 1998, both in Euro 2000 qualifiers.
France are currently ranked third in the world by FIFA. Andorra are 136th.
France lead 11-0 in the aggregate score between the countries.
The population of Andorra is around 76,000, while the Stade de France has a capacity of around 80,000 for football.
Around 4.4% of Andorrans are ethnically French, with French widely spoken in the country.
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