England and France meet in Al Khor for their FIFA 2022 World Cup quarter-final, with the winner of this one expected to have a good chance of making it all the way to Qatar. Regardless of the outcome at Al Bayt Stadium, this is arguably the biggest clash of the tournament to date, pitting two of the most talented squads against each other. Add to that the historic Anglo-French rivalry and this has all the makings of a World Cup classic. The last time the Three Lions crossed paths with Les Bleus in a league match was a 1-1 draw at UEFA Euro 2012, while the time before that was a Zinedine Zidane inspired late 2-1 comeback win at Euro 2004. Both were group stage encounters, so there’s a lot more at stake here.
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How to watch and opportunities
- Date: Saturday December 10 | Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
- Place: Al Bayt Stadium — Al Khor, Qatar
- TV: FOX and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)
- Chances: England +190; Draw: +220; France +150 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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England: Raheem Sterling is back with the squad after returning to the UK following a home break-in, but Ben White remains absent due to personal reasons. Callum Wilson is suffering from a minor injury while Declan Rice missed practice on Wednesday due to illness, but should be fine to start. Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham should form a trio with Rice in midfield, despite suggestions for a three-man defense.
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France: Kylian Mbappé is back in training after missing Tuesday’s training due to an ankle problem, but he was back on Wednesday and Didier Deschamps is unlikely to change his starting XI on that basis. Olivier Giroud is chasing Roger Milla’s record as the only player aged 36 or over to score four goals in a World Cup, while France have won all nine World Cup games with Mbappé. Aurelien Tchouameni and Jules Kounde both have yellow cards so will miss the semi-final if they get another one if Les Bleus qualify.
Both teams look likely to score, given that the French have yet to keep a clean sheet in Qatar, while the English on the other hand should struggle to keep them out. Don’t be surprised if it goes past 90 minutes, but there should be a clear winner by the end of the 120 minutes. Choose: England 1, France 2 in extra time