Mathieu Debuchy vs Bacary Sagna - Who should start for France?

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Mathieu Debuchy and Bacary Sagna will be battling with each other to seal a starting place in France's World Cup lineup but who deserves to start?

France head into the World Cup in good shape and Didier Deschamps will hope to guide the side to a better finish than four years ago when they crashed out in the first round without a win.

They look stronger this time despite the absences of Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery and are very strong defensively.

Two Premier League right-backs are vying for the starting role in Les Bleus starting lineup for the tournament in Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy and soon to be former Arsenal man Bacary Sagna.

Debuchy has been used in all three of France's pre-World Cup friendlies and they have only conceded one goal in those games.

Though the 28-year-old picked up a leg injury on Sunday and Sagna could force his way back into the starting lineup as a result.

Statistically both are closely matched, though Debuchy is a more effective defender and this could see him claim the starting role if he is to recover from the injury he picked up against Jamaica on Sunday.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsTotal Cross / appsWon Tackle / appsDuel Won / appsAccurate Pass / apps
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 35 1 3.51 1.29 6.09 45.20
Mathieu Debuchy Newcastle DF 29 1 3.31 2.45 8.45 25.41

Sagna made more appearances last year but was inferior defensively and the Newcastle fullback won more tackles and duels than his Arsenal counterpart.

The 31-year-old was more of a threat going forward and just edged Debuchy in the amount of crosses made per game and was much better in terms of passing accuracy, though he played in a better side.

Les Bleus have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last eleven matches and whoever is selected at right-back will be responsible for helping France progress from a relatively easy group.

Didier Deschamps men open their campaign against Honduras on Sunday night before playing Switzerland and Ecuador.

If fit, Debuchy looks set to start at the back for France though Sagna is a more than suitable replacement if the Newcastle man misses out.

Who should start at right-back for France?

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