Belarus vs. France: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
France make the trip to Belarus intent on clawing their way back to the top of Group I in 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Les Bleus are three points behind Spain and in position to at the very least grab a place in the final playoff. If France can beat Belarus by more than four goals, they'll go top with a game in hand.
Belarus, on the other hand, are bottom of the group on four points. They've already been eliminated from qualification, so they're only motivation will be to play spoiler.
Here's a quick preview for this Group I fixture.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. EST; 8 p.m. BST
Where: Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus
Live Stream: ESPN3 (US)
Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)
Belarus win: 6/1
France win: 1/2
Top Storyline: The Health of Franck Ribery
There's almost no chance France lose this match. They're too good, and there's too much on the line for them to fall asleep against Belarus. However, Didier Deschamps' job could be harder if he's without Franck Ribery.
According to French football journalist Julien Laurens, Ribery's status for the match is up in the air:
Ribery is still a doubt. Deschamps: "He still has a pain. He will train alone tonight. Will take the decision if ge plays or not tomorrow."— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) September 9, 2013
Not having a player of that quality could be a detriment. The Bayern Munich winger had a fantastic season and won the UEFA Best Player in Europe as a result. While his national team form has never quite matched his club form, Ribery makes France better whenever he's on the pitch.
What's the result of this match?
France will be smarting from their 0-0 draw against Georgia. It's all but doomed them to finishing second in Group I.
Belarus should get the brunt of France's frustration. Les Bleus will not be looking past their opponents this time around. They'll be highly motivated and ready for a huge performance.
Even without Ribery, France will have enough to win this match comfortably. It's not going to be an England/San Marino score line, but it should be decided by at least two goals. Belarus won't be able to overcome an opposition attack that will feature Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena and Samir Nasri.
France 3, Belarus 0
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