This match is over. Final score: France 2-1 Australia For the next match – France vs Peru. For the next match – Denmark vs Australia. 16th June 2018 – 11:00 UK Time Group C Stadium: Kazan Arena TV: BBC It’s been twenty years since France were last successful at the World Cup and Les Bleus’ fans will be hoping their side can get their hands on the Jules Rimet Trophy once again. Didier Deschamps’ side have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal and many punters will be keen to back them in Russia. They are likely to be without Dimitri Payet, who picked up a thigh injury in the UEFA Europa League final but still have the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba to call upon. Australia struggled during qualification and required a play-off victory against Syria in order to secure their place at the tournament. The Socceroos have a new head coach with Dutchman Bert Van Marwijk taking charge of the side following the resignation of Ange Postecoglu. The new man didn’t get off to the best start but he has been meticulously preparing for this competition and he will be hoping that his side can cause a few surprises along the way. These two sides have only met on three previous occasions. Australia were 1-0 winners at the 2001 Confederations Cup before the pair drew 1-1 in an international friendly four months later. France were resounding winners in 2013, running out 6-0 victors at Parc des Princes. Despite a couple of stumbles along the way (0-0 with Luxembourg), France qualified easily for the 2018 World Cup. They will fancy their chances of finishing top of Group C and progressing to the latter stages of the tournament. France vs Australia Predictions France are heavily fancied to get off to a good start at the 2018 World Cup and they are priced at 1/5 with Betfred to collect all three points against the Socceroos. They rarely have any problems in the group stages and they should encounter very few issues against Bert Van Marwijk’s side. The prohibitive price on the outright market won’t suit everybody and there are a number of alternative options including France -1 on the handicap market at 4/6 with 10Bet. This would require Les Bleus winning the game by two clear goals and this is highly likely to occur. More ambitious punters may wish to look at the 19/10 on offer for -2. France are a high-scoring side and will be keen to boost their goal difference here. They could easily score three or four goals here, whilst Australia should not be discounted from contributing to a high-scoring, entertaining 90 minutes of football. William Hill are offering a tempting Evens for Over 2.5 Goals in this game and those who are wishing to combine the two can get 11/10 on France to Win and Over 2.5 Goals. A correct score of 3-0 France is the most likely outcome for this game and it can be backed at 27/5 with 10Bet. 4-0 and 2-0 are other popular options with the latter available at 19/5. Statistics France were one of just four European teams who competed in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 2018 will be their 15th World Cup appearance France were the runners-up in 2006, losing on penalties to Italy They reached the quarter-finals in 2014. France to be eliminated in the quarter-finals (3/1 with Bet365) France were involved in one of the highest-scoring World Cup games of all time in 1958, beating Paraguay 7-3 This will be Australia’s fifth appearance at the World Cup 2006 was the first and only time that they’ve progressed beyond the Group Stage They’ve only ever won two games at the World Cup (vs Japan and Serbia) Why Should I Bet On France Against Australia? 1×2 On paper, France arguably have the best squad at the World Cup, and they could even afford to leave out the likes of Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman. Didier Deschamps’ men finished top of a group including Sweden and the Netherlands, losing just once. There are questions over the defence due to the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny but this is still a very strong French team. Australia’s lacklustre qualifying campaign saw them having to sweat through tense play-offs against Syria and Honduras. The Socceroos got the job done in the end and have recorded decent wins against the Czech Republic and Hungary since. But France are a real step-up and, while no-one will be getting rich from backing it, it’s hard to look past Les Bleus to win at 2/9 with William Hill. Kylian Mbappe to score first Kylian Mbappe ensured France wouldn’t head to the finals on the back of a defeat on home territory by grabbing an equaliser against the United States last week. It was his fourth goal in 15 appearances for the national team and he looks certain to start in Kazan on Saturday. Mbappe, who scored 21 times for Paris Saint-Germain last season, also has experience of netting in Russia as his double helped France to a 3-1 win in Saint Petersburg in March. He’s at 7/2 to score the first goal of the game with William Hill. Correct score France haven’t failed to score since their disastrous goalless stalemate at home to minnows Luxembourg back in September. An attack consisting of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann is unlikely to be kept off the scoresheet for too long. But Les Bleus aren’t solid at the back with just one clean sheet in their past six. And since Bert van Marwijk – who reached the final with the Netherlands in 2010 – took the helm in January, Australia have shown real signs of improvement. If the Dutchman can exploit France’s defensive weaknesses, his team may at least get on the scoreboard. France are at 11/1 to win 3-1 with William Hill. Lineups 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.