Following France’s shock 2-1 defeat in their opening Nations League match against Denmark and a 1-1 draw away to Croatia, the world champions will look to kick-start their campaign when they travel to Austria for Matchday 3 at Ernst Happel Stadium on Friday at 7:45pm.

Predicted line-ups

Austria: Fraisl; Wöber, Alaba, Trauner, Lainer; Schlager, Laimer, Sabitzer, Seiwald; Arnautović, Gregoritsch

France: Lloris; Pavard, Konaté, L Hernández, T Hernández; Coman, Tchouiaméni, Kamara, Diaby; Griezmann, Benzema

Form guide

Austria (most recent match first): LWDLWW

France (most recent match first):DLWWWW

Match Preview

After a loss and a draw, Austria will try to consolidate its position in the group table when it hosts the world champions on Friday.

After losing to Denmark on Monday, Austria failed to pick up two wins, but is confident of a good result in the match against France, which has failed to convince so far in this tournament.

France is in the last place together with Croatia and has taken one point from six matches. Austria will see the chance to inflict a defeat on the world champions and increase its chances of advancing in the Nations League.

Can France get their Nations League campaign back on track with an away win?

Didier Deschamps will be disappointed with his team’s start to the Nations League. A shocking 2-1 defeat at home to Denmark and an unimpressive 1-1 draw away to Croatia have put some worry lines on Les Bleus’ foreheads.

Deschamps is concerned about the lacklustre and laborious performances of his players, which mean Les Bleus are not dominating matches the way they are used to.

These poor results also encourage teams to build confidence that they can beat France, making the games even more difficult. Deschamps will be hoping for a convincing performance and a win in Friday’s clash with Austria.

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Austria vs France prediction

France will focus on delivering a performance characterised by pace, hard work, dominance, and rhythm. The emphasis will be on a patient build-up of play, coupled with verticality in the passing game.

Austria will try to play solid and compact to keep France at bay. They will also focus on standards and counterattacks to break through against the world champions.

Our Pick: France to WIN

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