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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Talented French could be toppled by improving Spain

Inexperience may prove costly for Les Bleus

Kylian Mbappe made his French debut in Luxembourg
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France are building a team with great potential for the future but may lack the necessary experience to topple Spain in Paris.

Exciting times lay ahead for France who have several talented young players pushing for places.

Monaco pair Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy made their debuts on Saturday as part of a young French side who won 3-1 away to Luxembourg.

However, France's performance was far from perfect and their defensive flaws could be exploited by better opposition at this stage in their development.

Spain are not the irresistible force they once were but are still among the strongest teams in Europe and are packed with experienced players.

Julen Lopetegui's side are unbeaten since their round-of-16 exit at Euro 2016 and will look at the France game as a chance to show they remain competitive at the very highest level.

A close match is in store but Spain look value at odds-against with the draw no bet.

Spain draw no bet
1pt 6-5 Paddy Power

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Team news
Paul Pogba and Bacary Sagna were early withdrawals from the squad and Djibril Sidibe is out after picking up a chest injury during Saturday's match with Luxembourg.

No fresh injuries have been reported but goalkeeper Pepe Reina missed out on the original squad due to an unspecified injury.

Key stat
Spain have scored two goals or more in six of their last seven games.

France's performance in Luxembourg was far from perfect and their defensive flaws could be exploited by better opposition
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