France v Australia Betting Offers and Tips – Will French Fulfil Promise?
Can Euro 2016 runners-up France go one better in Russia this summer? They boast one of the best squads at the tournament, but can that translate in to success? That’s the big question for Didier Deschamps to answer, as he was the man who took the brunt of the criticism after they failed at their home Euros. They kick off their World Cup campaign on Saturday, in what looks like a straightforward group.
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France v Australia Betting Tips
France v Australia Preview – How Will Deschamps Shape up?
France have a great chance to ease in to the World Cup this summer, especially with Australia up top. Their clashes with the Aussies, Peru and Denmark seem straightforward. It’s hard to see France being shocked here, even given the style of the Danes’ play-off victory over the Republic of Ireland. The French have struggled a little in their warm up matches, struggling past the Irish with a 2-0 win, while drawing 1-1 with the USA.
A lot of Les Bleus’ struggles have come from their defensive issues, but they’ve also struggled to settle on an approach. Deschamps got his tactics wrong in the Euro 2016 final, while he continues to stick by Paul Pogba, which seems to be hurting their chances of silverware. Could the former Juventus man inspire his nation to glory, or will he be a burden?
That’s what Deschamps has to decide, and he’s in the firing line. Their aim is the semis, but getting further than that is going to be tough. Meanwhile, it’s hard to see the Aussies making it out of this group.
Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions
The French have some big calls to make ahead of this game, with so much talent to pick from. The side have so many great players in the forward positions, which has left them with headaches. The focus on Antoine Griezmann means they’re likely to stick with a 4-2-3-1, which leaves Pogba shackled in a midfield two.
The Aussies don’t have a huge amount of depth in their squad, their side is built around Tom Rogic in the number 10 role, while Huddersfield Aaron Mooy is in a deeper role. Should they need a late impact, 38-year-old Tim Cahill warms the bench. The former Everton man can become the fourth man to score in four World Cups with a goal this summer.
France v Australia – Eyes on Underrated Giroud
France are 2/9 favourites with William Hill, and it’s easy to see why. Les Bleus should cruise to a victory, with their impressive attacking talent. The Aussies had a tough route to the World Cup, and they’re just squeezing the last out of some older players. We expect the French to start off with a win, despite their recent issues. They’ve conceded in five of their last six, and they’re going up against a direct side who could take advantage of that. However, France’s strong attack means we’re going for a French win and both teams to score, which is priced at 31/10 with 888Sport.
Among those impressive talents, Olivier Giroud seems to be going under the radar. The striker has now equalled Zinedine Zidane’s scoring record for the national side, and he’s impressed since moving to Chelsea in January. He’s not the biggest name amid the £100million talents, but he scored four times in seven qualifiers. He hit two against Australia in 2013, and he looks like good value to score at 6/5 with Betfair.
France v Australia Head to Head Record
France last met Australia in a 6-0 thumping five years ago. Les Bleus racked up that huge win eight months before the last World Cup, which they exited in the quarter-finals. The pair haven’t clashed at a major tournament, but they did meet at the Confederations Cup in 2001, with the pair both securing a place in the semi-finals after their group clash. Can they both qualify this time around?
- France 6-0 Australia – October 2013, Friendly
- Australia 1-1 France – November 2001, Friendly
- Australia 1-0 France – June 2001, Confederations Cup
- France 1-0 Australia – May 1994, Kirin Cup