Some notable attacking absences in the France ranks is likely to grant new Chelsea striker Loic Remy his first minutes on the pitch since signing on at Stamford Bridge as Les Bleus tackle World Cup flops Spain in Paris.
With Olivier Giroud sidelined for the foreseeable future thanks to a broken leg, the former QPR man will assume the first striking reserve role at least, though a place in one of the wide berths alongside Karim Benzema isn’t out of the question.
Amid a raft of retirements, Spain are vying to prove they’re still big players on the international scene, but a Remy-inspired France will provide those with short memories a reminder of where it all went wrong for La Roja in Brazil.
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Spain’s squad is shorn of quality defensive options.
Sergio Ramos is the only elite centre-half in the European Champions’ travelling party, with Napoli’s Raul Albiol likely to partner the Real Madrid man and inexperienced twosome Mikel San Jose and Marc Bartra deputising.
The security guards protecting this fragile backline lack the sturdiness required to instil confidence in Spain repelling the hosts’ advances either, with Sergio Busquets set to be paired with international rookie Ander Iturraspe in the holding-midfield department.
Didier Deschamps’ men have scored 27 in their last seven on the homestead.
Stockpiling the goals has enabled them to win seven of their last eight in the land of berets and fine wine.
A concoction of this ravenous appetite and Spain’s obvious defensive weaknesses, expect another bulk haul for the home team here.
Club form says Remy has a strong chance of bagging if afforded time on the field.
He made just five post-January appearances on loan at Newcastle last season and marked three of these with a goal, while speculation surrounding his future offers an explanation surrounding the two blanks he drew in 180 minutes in QPR colours this term.