France vs Austria LIVE Football Score 22 Sept 2022
PREDICTION AND WINNING ODDS
ABOUT THE MATCH
France is going head to head with Austria starting on 22 Sept 2022 at 18:45 UTC at Stade de France stadium, Paris city, France. The match is a part of the UEFA Nations League, League A, Gr. 1.
Having seen their hopes of back-to-back UEFA Nations League titles crash and burn, France resume League A Group 1 duties at home to Austria on Thursday night.
Les Bleus are facing the prospect of a devastating relegation to League B, while their visitors are not much better off, sitting in third place with four points to their name.
Not even the sheer goalscoring brilliance of Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe could prevent France going winless throughout all of June, as Didier Deschamps witnessed his side quickly plummet to the bottom of the standings in their Nations League group.
For whatever reason, the Bleus squad just did not gel in the summer – although scheduling four Nations League games right after a hectic domestic season may have had a part to play in that – and top spot is now firmly out of their reach.
Taking just two points from the first 12 on offer, France ended an abysmal month of June with a 1-0 defeat to Croatia on matchday four, as Luka Modric‘s fifth-minute penalty saw the Chequered Ones glean a measure of revenge from their World Cup final defeat in 2018.
While their Nations League crown will soon fall into another team’s lap, France still have a World Cup trophy to defend before the end of the year, with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia all seeking to take advantage of Les Bleus’ recent woes in Group D.
France did endure a five-game winless streak as recently as 2021 and are now at risk of suffering three consecutive home defeats in the Nations League, which would only louden calls for Zinedine Zidane to displace Deschamps in the Bleus hotseat after Qatar.
Victory for Austria this week would officially relegate France to League B, but Ralf Rangnick‘s side are not safe from the drop just yet either, with Das Team going winless in their final three Nations League games back in June.
After opening the 2022-23 tournament with an eye-catching 3-0 success over Croatia, Austria took just one point from the next nine on offer and succumbed to goals from Jonas Wind and Andreas Skov Olsen in a 2-0 defeat to Denmark last time out.
Even with Kalajdzic absent, Rangnick has witnessed Marko Arnautovic open the Serie A season with six goals in seven games for Bologna, and the 33-year-old ought to lead the line here. Kevin Danso, meanwhile, will miss out due to suspension.
France possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Pavard, Kounde, Varane, Mendy; Guendouzi, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Griezmann; Mbappe, Giroud
Austria possible starting lineup:
Lindner; Lainer, Trauner, Lienhart, Alaba; Sabitzer, Schlager, Siewald; Baumgartner; Arnautovic, Gregoritsch
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