France are desperate to return to winning ways when they take on Ukraine in World Cup Qualifying on Saturday evening.

France are desperate to return to winning ways when they take on Ukraine in World Cup Qualifying on Saturday evening.

These two sides are the leading teams in Group D, the French leading with 8 points whilst Ukraine are in second with four.

France are coming off a shock 1-1 draw against Bosnia on Wednesday, while Ukraine were also held to a 2-2 draw against lowly Kazakhstan.

While a second-placed finish would be enough to see them keep their hopes of 2022 qualification alive, Ukraine – the world’s 25th-ranked nation – have now failed to beat every team in the group.

Wednesday’s draw with Bosnia means that France have now gone four games without a win in any competition, but not since 2013 have Les Bleus strung together a five-game winless run.

The reverse fixture played at Stade de France back in March, ended in a 1-1 draw, with Serhiy Sydorchuk earning Ukraine a point after Antoine Griezmann had handed France the lead.

On a day filled with mouthwatering fixtures, you can play here to make your predictions.

What time does Ukraine vs France start?

The game kicks off at 9:45pm Kenyan time at the NSK Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

Ukraine vs France team news

Heorhiy Buschan, Andriy Lunin and Antoliy Trubin are all unavailable to take on France, meaning Andriy Pyatov will take his place in goal for Ukraine.

Roman Yaremchuk is a certainty to lead the line for Ukraine against France.

The 25-year-old will receive creative support from Ruslan Malinovskyi and Andriy Yarmolenko, with the latter also providing a goal threat.

Matteo Guendouzi and Adrien Rabiot sat out the fixture against the Bosnians but are available for selection.

Kingsley Coman is expected to start, with Kylian Mbappe struggling with a calf issue for some time now.

Griezmann and Karim Benzema will take up the other two spots, with the duo holding the key for France against Ukraine.

Ukraine vs France head to head

A 2-0 win in 2013 is the only time that Ukraine have been victorious against the current world champions.

France have won 6 times and another two matches have resulted in a draw.

Ukraine vs France current form

The visitors are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning once before a run of four consecutive draws leading up to the game.

Ukraine on the other hand, have lost twice, won twice and drawn another in their most recent run of five matches.

Ukraine vs France prediction

Both teams boast enough quality in their squads to get goals and there should not be a lack of in this encounter. Based on their recent run of form though, another draw could potentially be on the cards.

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