France face a home tie with Belarus as Laurent Blanc looks to recover from France’s disastrous World Cup campaign.
Blanc will take charge of his first competitive game and the whole of Europe will be curious to see how France respond after the debacle of their World Cup campaign.
Jeremy Toulalan, Eric Abidal and Hatem Ben Arfa have lost their place in the squad completely, while Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Nicolas Anelka serve bans.
Blanc will pair Phillipe Mexes with Mamadou Sakho at the back, and Alou Diarra with in-form Premier League man Florent Malouda in midfield, as he looks to blend young talents like Diarra with experienced players like Mexes.
Malouda has been in tremendous form for Chelsea and is 6/4 to score anytime as France look to justify their 3/10 favouritism.
Belarus coach Bernd Stange will be looking to Birmingham new boy Alexander Hleb and Rubin Kazan striker, Sergei Kornilenko, to attack France after setting high goals for his Belarus team.
“We face difficult opponents [in Group D] and it will be very hard for us, however, our minimum task is to make it into the play-offs and we must try and take our chance.”
Stange’s goals for his side seem a tough ask if the 22/1 for Belarus to finish top of their group is anything to go by.
France need to gel quickly and the draw is 4/1. See the full France vs Belarus football betting market here.