Moldova is hosting France in round 1 of Euro Cup qualifications.
Moldova is just flat out weak team and their chances of even scoring a goal in their group with Albania, Andora, Iceland and Turkey are pretty low. Moldova’s best and most expensive player worth 2.2 million euros is Epureanu who is playing for Basaksehir in Turkey. In last years Nations League, Moldova did pretty good and ended up third behind Belarus and Luxemburg with 9 points and 4 scored goals. Moldova is ranked 170thin FIFA standings and just doesn’t have enough quality to be higher. Reason for that is mostly because Moldovan soccer association is not investing in youth soccer to spot, develop and shape young and talented players. In their last home game against Luxemburg, Moldova had 55% ball possession and 17 shots in total but only 2 shots on goal and that game ended in 1-1 draw. Of twelve games Moldova played last year, they have won only 2 games, 3 ended up in a draw and they lost 7 games with 12 conceded goals. Moldova is not playing offensive soccer or playing with high pressure, instead, Moldova is playing very defensive soccer and trying to get to the scoring chance through counter attacks.
France is a world champion from last years World Cup in Russia where they beat Croatia in the finals in a game which produced 6 goals. In that game France was being dominated in every aspect of the game and has had only 34% ball possession and only 69% of correct passes but luck was on their side that day. France has some of the best players in the world in Mbappe, Pogba, Coma, Fekir and Griezman in their roster and all of them are healthy and are expected to be in starting lineup for this game. France has lost only 2 games throughout whole 2018 and big reason for that is French coach Didier Deschamps who was signed back in 2012 and was voted as best coach in the world after World Cup. In their last game against Urugvay, France had 46% ball possession and 5 shots on goal and have won this game 1-0. France is ranked number 2 in FIFA standings and are one of the top favorites to win Euro Cup.
In this matchup I’m not giving any chances to Moldova and I see France starting these qualifications with a strong win.