France vs Ukraine 11/19/2013 Free World Cup Soccer Playoff Pick and Preview
Ukraine vs France
Tuesday 19th November 2013 20:00(GMT)
The Line: France 4/9 Draw 7/2 Ukraine 17/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Tv Monde; ESPN3
The World Cup hopes of a french nation balance on a thread as the team comes back to Paris tonight looking to overturn a disasterous two goal defeat in the Ukraine. Not only did France lose the game but they also lost Arsenal defender Koscielny to a straight red card and he will be missing from tonights return leg. France on paper have a superb team with Ribery,Nasri, Benzema, Giroud and Remy all top class attacking talents and with Pogba, Koscielny , Evra and Abidal there is experience, youth and talent in the France rearguard. This is a strange position that Dider Deschamps men find themselves in, they must go out and win by two or more goals to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup and against this Ukraine side that is not going to be easy.
Ukraine are unbeaten in their last thirteen games and suffered only one defeat in qualifying that was at home to Montenegro. The team has not lost by two or more goals since succumbing to tonights oppoenents France in the European Championships which was in the Ukraine and Poland in the summer of 2012.The team as a whole are set up very well to defend and have done very well in these situations when necessary notably away to Poland, Montenegro and England in which the Ukraine took seven points from a possible nine. With star man Yarmalenko leading the line and former Bayern Munich midfilder Tymoschuk marshalling the midfield I think the Ukraine will make this a very tough game for france tonight.
I'm going to take the draw at half time in this one as I see the Ukraine being able to defend deep against France and frustrate their opponents tonight. I have a premium pick on this one which is available on the Sportschatplace app, download and cash another winner. http://twitter.com/antonpippo