France have been exciting in the international break and have clearly enjoyed themselves in just their second UEFA Nations League season. Evidently, the current World Cup holders have already secured a spot in the playoffs despite having a game in hand.
The French team were pitted in the same group that contains the current Nations League Champions; Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, as well as 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia. France have really impressed with their top performances that have seen them win four games and play out a draw in the five fixtures they have played so far.
In their last match, Chelsea midfielder N’GoloKante scored the lone and decisive goal that catapulted his team to the playoffs, knocking out Portugal in the process. Their next game will see them take on Sweden who are level on points with Croatia — three each — and will be hoping they don’t get relegated from the Nations League.
With France securing their playoff spot, Sweden must be at their best and aim to defeat the French team if they are going to have any chance of making it to the knockout stages.
A win is not only the only thing Sweden will be hoping for. They will also be hoping to better whatever result Croatia will be getting from their own match since the two nations are both tied on the same points.
The France vs Sweden fixture is scheduled to kick off by 19:45 on Tuesday the 17th of November at the Stade de France. It will also be a great opportunity for the team’s manager Didier Deschamps to hand a couple of fringe players some precious game time as they’ve already qualified for the next stage of the competition.