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France travels to Belarus for their World Cup qualifying match that will take place at Central Stadium in Gomel, Belarus Tuesday night.
France and team manager Didier Deschamps have had a rocky go of it during their qualifying spell with their last qualifying match against Georgia ending in a goalless draw last Friday.
The French team currently sits second in Group I, putting them three points behind Spain and five ahead of Finland. A win and three points would bring about certainly for their remaining qualifying campaign.
At minimum their point lead over Finland should be enough to guarantee Les Bleus at least a playoff spot, but will need an unlikely defeat of Spain to secure them an automatic qualifying bid.
Should they get the full result on Tuesday night they will draw level on points with Spain, who have a game in hand, keeping Belarus firmly cemented at the bottom of the group.
The match will be a patchwork on the pitch given the injuries facing the French side. Deschamps will have to do without the injured Étienne Capoue and Clement Grenier. Maxime Gonalons was called up to replace the former, and the latter withdrew last week after suffering a hamstring problem sustained in Lyon's Champions League match against Real Sociedad.
France should still have enough talent of the pitch to dominate the match, but will need strikers Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema to find the back of the net; something Benzema hasn't done for France in 14 months.
Belarus has already been eliminated from World Cup contention and only has one win in six matches.
Kick-off for the match is at 1:00 p.m. ET and can be watched online here.