Associated Press  |  Last updated March 20, 2013
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Scoring chances could be scarce against a Georgia team expected to defend in numbers, so France will need one of its misfiring forwards to hit form in their World Cup qualifier on Friday. Karim Benzema has not scored in his past 10 matches for France while Olivier Giroud has scored only twice in 15 appearances for the national team. France coach Didier Deschamps may drop his preferred 4-2-3-1 system and pair them together for only the second time during his tenure in a more aggressive 4-4-2 against a Georgia team which held out until the 86th minute before losing 1-0 at home to Spain last September. Attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena hopes that playing Giroud and Benzema together will offer more options against a team looking to stifle France's creativity from the outset. ''You have to give them time together and they are capable of doing well. Their role will be crucial against a Georgia team which is likely to sit deep,'' Valbuena said Wednesday. ''They're a difficult team ...
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