SOCCER UPDATESS – France have no fresh injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s vital World Cup qualifier against Spain at Stade de France.

Coach Didier Deschamps is set to revert to a 4-3-3 formation, with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud expected to spearhead the attack ahead of the out-of-form Karim Benzema.

Patrice Evra and Yohan Cabaye are likely to return to the starting line-up after being unused substitutes in the 3-1 win over Georgia, while youngsters Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba may keep their place in the side after solid debuts.

Defender Jordi Alba is unavailable for Spain after picking up a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw against Finland.

David Silva also misses out through suspension, but fellow playmaker Xavi, who missed the game in Gijon with a hamstring problem, was able to train with the squad on Saturday and is expected to start.

DO YOU KNOW :

  • France are on a 13-match unbeaten run in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers (W9, D4).
  • Les Bleus have won just one of their last six encounters against Spain, losing four.
  • Mathieu Valbuena has scored three goals in his last three appearances for France.
  • Spain are on a 19-match unbeaten run (W14, D5) stretching back to November 2011.
  • The Iberian outfit have won their last four away matches, including friendlies.
  • Vicente del Bosque overtook Ladislao Kubala’s record for overseeing the most number of games as Spain boss in Friday’s qualifier against Finland. The 62-year-old has taken charge of 69 internationals, winning 57.

POSSIBLE LINE UP :

  1. FRANCELloris, Jallet, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Ribery.
  2. SPAIN : Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Monreal, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Pedro, Fabregas, Iniesta.
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