France vs Australia Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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16th June 2018 – 06:00 ET
Stadium: Kazan Arena
It’s been 20 years since France triumphed at the World Cup and Didier Deschamps’ men will be confident of repeating that trick in Russia. Les Bleus were excellent at Euro 2016 and qualified with relative ease for this tournament. They’ve been drawn in Group C and begin with arguably their easiest match as they take on Australia.
France have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal including Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann, who helped Atletico Madrid lift the Europa League in May.
Australia didn’t have the easiest qualification campaign but they secured their place at the tournament with a victory over Syria and will be working under a new regime. Bert Van Marwijk, who replaced Ange Postecoglu, has been assembling his squad in preparation for this opener and has dropped a number of players including Bailey Wright and Jamie Maclaren, both of whom were regulars under his predecessor.
There have only been three previous meetings between these sides – they haven’t bumped into one another since 2013. During this meeting, France were 6-0 winners with Karim Benzema getting on the scoresheet. Australia have won the only competitive meeting with the Socceroos emerging 1-0 winners at the 2001 Confederations Cup. Frank LeBoeuf was sent off for Les Bleus.
Despite losing 4-1 to Norway in his first game in charge, Bert Van Marwijk made numerous changes and was rewarded as his side kept a clean sheet against Colombia on March 27th.
France vs Australia Predictions
France are overwhelming favourites to get off to a positive start and secure three points against Australia. They can be backed at 1.23 with Pinnacle and will be included in many opening game accumulators.
Many punters will undoubtedly prefer to back France to be winning at both half-time and full-time and this is available at 1.70 with Sports Interaction and is highly recommended. They also offer 2.03 for France to score in each half and that offers significantly better value.
Many of the early group games at the World Cup have a tendency to be low-scoring, cagey affairs but this looks unlikely to follow that pattern. William Hill are offering 2.00 for Over 2.5 Goals in this encounter and it is entirely possible that France could score at least three times inside 90 minutes.
Bodog Sports are offering a combination of the two recommended bets and have France to Win and Over 2.5 Goals in the game at 1.90.
Antoine Griezmann is likely to be a thorn in the side of Australia throughout the 90 minutes and 888Sport are offering 3.50 on him to net the first goal of the game. This looks a brilliant way of finding some value on a pro-France wager.
- France have competed in 14 World Cups prior to 2018
- France were runners-up in 2006 and have finished third twice
- 2010 was the last time that France failed to progress beyond the group stage
- Australia have competed in four World Cups prior to 2018
- The Socceroos’ first World Cup appearance came in 1974 – they had to wait 32 years for their second
- Tim Cahill scored two goals at the 2014 World Cup
- Tim Cahill to Score the Most Team Goals for Australia – 6.00 with 888Sport
France: Hugo Lloris (captain), Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Steven Nzonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibé, Florian Thauvin, Lucas Hernández, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.
Australia:Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, James Meredith, Tim Cahill, Mark Milligan, Matthew Jurman, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout, Brad Jones, Aaron Mooy, Jamie Maclaren, Mile Jedinak (captain), Aziz Behich, Daniel Arzani, Danny Vukovic, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Dimitri Petratos, Jackson Irvine, Tom Rogic.