France take on Iceland in Valenciennes in a game Laurent Blanc will use to test some fringe players before he names the final Euro 2012 squad.
Les Bleus have come a long way under the former Bordeaux boss, seeing the national team had been in pieces following a controversial reign of Raymond Domenech.
Despite the tough task ahead of him, Blanc quickly helped the players restore the lost confidence and improved the atmosphere in the camp, and results followed.
Les Bleus eased off to a place at the Euro 2012, while showing plenty of potential in friendly games, beating the likes of Brazil, England, Ukraine, Poland and Germany, among others.
The hosts are now looking to extend their unbeaten run to 19 matches and they are 1.17 (1/6) with William Hill to beat Iceland.
Laurent Blanc revealed he would use the Iceland game to remove any doubts over the final squad selection and that means we will see several back-up players in the starting line-up.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Debuchy, Koscielny, Rami, Clichy – Diarra, M’Vila – Ben Arfa, Gourcuff, Valbuena – Giroud.
The national team of Iceland have been showing some potential of late, but they seem to lack some quality to enter the race for a place at a major tournament.
They could pick up just 4 points from 8 Euro 2012 qualifiers, losing 6 games in the process, but -8 goal difference proves that Iceland were not too far away from their more illustrious opponents.
The team are looking good under new boss Lars Lagerback, who has a well of experienced on the international level, and maybe they can even enter the race for place at the 2014 World Cup.
Iceland now have some excellent players in the squad, such as Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ajax forward Kolbein Sigthorsson and Cardiff City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, but Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson misses out.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Gunnleifsson – Saevarsson, K. Sigurdsson, Ottesen, Val’sson – Jonasson, Gunnarsson – G. Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Gudmondsson – Sigthorsson.