Les Bleues will clash against South Korea in the opening game of the Women’s World Cup in France to kick start Group A
Host nation France will get the 2019 Women’s World Cup underway when they face South Korea at the Parc des Princes.
France are favourites to reach the final on home turf, though they face tough opponents in Group A. Underdogs South Korea will be pushing for an upset in the opening match of the competition, while the two other teams in Group A – Norway and Nigeria – will face off on Saturday in Reims.
Les Bleues will be eager to replicate the success of their male counterparts who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and are in search of their first ever World Cup victory.
|Game||France vs South Korea|
|Date||Friday, June 7|
|Time||8pm BST / 3pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Fox Sports 1 and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports 1 / Telemundo Deportes En Vivo||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One. It can be streamed from BBC iPlayer
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BBC One||BBC iPlayer|
Coach Corinne Diacre has no injury concerns and will have a fully-fit side to select from.
Potential France starting XI: Bouhaddi, Torrent, Mbock, Fox, Majri, Bussaglia, Henry, Diani, Thiney, Le Sommer, Gauvin.
|Position||South Korea squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ga-ae, Jung-mi, Bo-ram|
|Defenders||Hye-ri, Hye-ji, Young-a, Se-ra, Sel-gi, Eun-mi, Dam-yeong, Eun-hye, Seon-joo|
|Midfielders||Yu-mi, So-yun, Chae-rin, Lee Min-a, Ga-eul, So-hyun, So-dam, Young-ju, Chang|
|Forwards||Geum-min, Seol-bin, Hwa-yeon, Min-ji|
South Korea also do not have any major injury worries in their squad ahead of the opener.
Potential South Korea starting XI: Kim Min-Jung; Kim Yeon, Lim Seon-Joo, Shin Dam-Yeong; Lee Mi-Naa, Cho So-Hyun, Lee So-Dam, Lee Young-Joo, Ji So-Yun, Moon Mi-Ra, Yeo Min Ji.
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France are favourites to win this match with Bet365 , priced at 4/9. South Korea are 21/1 while a draw is available at 71/10.
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France will head into the fixture boasting a side with a wealth of experience, along with a sizeable amount of players who featured in Lyon’s successful Champions League-winning team that beat Barcelona 4-1 in the final. The likes of captain Amandine Henry, vice-captain Eugenie Le Sommer, Delphine Cascarino, Sarah Bouhaddi and Eve Perisset are some of the French Lyon stars looking to secure victory on a national and club level.
The Lyon team is considered to be the best in world football, having scooped up their fourth consecutive Champions League title in a row, and the experience of their players in the France side will surely help them on the road to the final.
Le Sommer is expected to net for France, having scored 74 international goals, and is the sole senior option in an attacking lineup that involves youthful options in Cascarino, Valerie Gauvin and Emelyne Laurent.
Les Bleues are unbeaten in their last five friendly fixtures, recently securing a 2-1 win over China on May 31 that was their final game before the start of the World Cup. They are favourites to make it far in the competition despite a tough Group A.
South Korea will face off against France as underdogs, having finished fifth-placed in the Asian Cup, having lost two of their last three friendly fixtures and drawing the other.
Coach Yoon Deokyeo, however, has developed an attack-minded side. Star Chelsea player Ji Soyun emerged as one of the best players in the FA Women’s Super League.