After missing a first opportunity to validate his ticket in October (draw against Turkey, 1-1), the France team has a new chance to achieve this Thursday night with the reception of Moldova (20:45) at the Stade de France. A success and the Blues will play their 12th consecutive finals in a big competition since 1998. They could even be qualified without playing if Iceland does not beat Turkey earlier in the day (18h). This would obviously be good news, but the men of Didier Deschamps are better off hoping for a result from the Icelanders in Istanbul.
The qualification is not the only goal aimed by the men of Didier Deschamps before their last two games against Moldova, then, and Albania, Sunday (20.45). They also aim for the first place in the group, currently held by Turkey for the benefit of a better difference. In case of a tie at the end of the group phase, the French, joined at the end of the match against the Turks a month ago, will be beaten by the teammates of Cenk Tosun (who had also won 2-0 to go).
The fear of hat 4
The Blues must therefore achieve a no-fault and hope for a misstep of their direct opponent. The final classification will determine the composition of the hats for the draw of the Euro 2020. The top six best will indeed make the hat 1. The other four will be placed in the hat 2. At the time of the accounts, it will therefore dwell on the number of points taken and deduct the results against the last in the groups of 6. Regarding France. At best, the Blues would point to 19 units.
If the Blues do not finish first, their margin will become very narrow. The two best second will be integrated in the hat 2, according to the same principle. The next six will take place in hat 3, and the second-worst runners-up will be in 4 along with the four winners of the Nations League play-offs in March. These hats will be of less importance, however, than in previous major competitions, as the draw for Euro 2020 will include several data due to the large number of host countries.
If they are not masters of their destiny for the first place, the Blues have interest to hit hard for their last two games to afford the goal difference as comfortable as possible. It starts this Thursday.