France - Scotland Preview: Deschamps looks to refine preparations with opening game less than a week away

Can France finish their warm up schedule with a win?

France - Scotland Preview: Deschamps looks to refine preparations with opening game less than a week away
The two teams will face off at FC Metz's stadium (photo: FFF)

France will host Scotland in Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Saturday evening, in their final warm up game before the European Championship's get underway.

The tournament hosts get the whole thing going a week on Friday when they host Romania in Paris, kicking off a month's worth of football in their own country.

The pressure is starting to build...

There's huge pressure on Didier Deschamps' men to deliver, especially given that they're amongst the favourites to land the trophy, meaning that no slip ups are affordable in their final preparation game, against a Scottish side that were the only home nations side not to qualify for the finals. 

Entertaining the nation at FC Metz's stadium, fairly small with a capacity of just over 26,000, it's important that the French side round off with a win.

Questions remain to be answered

However, there are still some questions that Deschamps needs to answer ahead of the finals, such as settling on a team, something that he's struggled to do in recent months after a string of on and off field issues.

First of all there was the sex tape/blackmail scandal that left Karim Benzema banished from the national team, leaving the boss needing to settle on a new first choice striker.

The defence is where many issues lie, with Mamadou Sakho out. He wasn't picked after serving a suspension whilst a drugs charge was investigated, and although Sakho has been found not guilty, it's seemingly too late to include him.

Another likely starter at centre-back was Raphael Varane of Real Madrid, but injury's forced both him and rival Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu out of the tournament. 

The likes of Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman are all hoping to make a late surge for starting spots at the finals after glittering individual seasons for their clubs, Payet doing himself no harm in the previous friendly game.

France come off the back of a win, Scotland boosted by Hull trio

France hosted Cameroon on Monday night and twice threw away a lead to leave the match at 2-2 in the final few minutes. With an expectant fanbase watching on, Payet stepped up to the plate and curled another expert free-kick into the top corner. Will he be given another chance to prove he's deserving of a position ahead of the Romania game? It's looking like it.

Payet celebrates his winner against Cameroon (photo: Getty Images)
Payet celebrates his winner against Cameroon (photo: Getty Images)

As for the Scots, they'll be hoping to soak up some of the Euros atmosphere despite having not qualified for the tournament. Whilst it can in no way compare to actually being involved, a friendly against the hosts less than a week before is probably as close as you can get without qualifying.

They'll get a boost to their squad as Andy Robertson, Robert Snodgrass and Shaun Maloney join up after playing a part in Hull City's play-off win last week.