France are one of the favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this summer, but first they must get through Group C and into the meat of the tournament.
On paper this group, which also includes Denmark, Peru and Australia, is one of the easiest at the World Cup. But of course France have overestimated their own chances of success too often on the world’s biggest stage and Didier Deschamps will be eager to eradicate any complacency.
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Group C World Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Group C Preview, Analysis and Odds
France are heavy favourites to win Group C, with many bookies going 1/3 or shorter for them to end up at the top of the pile. It is no surprise if you take a quick scan through their squad: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris, Blaise Matuidi, Olivier Giroud, Kyliam Mbappe… few teams will be keen to face that lot.
Of course, France have a history of shooting themselves in the feet at the World Cup, most dramatically in South Africa in 2010 and indeed in their defence of the trophy in 2002. On both occasions they managed just a draw and two defeats in their group, not making it to the knockout stages. We can’t see a repeat of that here, though, and we’re backing France to finish as Group C winners.
We also like the look of Antoine Griezmann to finish the tournament as France’s top goalscorer. He netted six at the Euros in 2016 and at odds of 2/1 he looks an absolute steal.
Looking at the other contenders in Group C and Denmark are the obvious challengers to France for supremacy. Though the Danes had to rely on a play off to make it to Russia, the manner of their 5-1 drubbing of the Republic of Ireland in the second leg suggests they could be a something of a handful. Still, we can’t see them getting the better of Les Bleus, but we do think they’ll get the runners-up spot and edge through to the round of 16.
As for Australia and Peru, either would be fairly pleased to get a win under their belts, and of the two we think it will be the Aussies celebrating at full time in the match between them. They have far more recent World Cup experience having qualified for the last three tournaments, compared to Peru who haven’t been to the World Cup since 1982. As such we think the side from Down Under will be more accustomed to the pressure of a World Cup and we fancy them to get the win that clinches third spot in the group, leaving the wooden spoon for the South Americans.
Other bets that could be worth considering include the following:
- Bendtner to be Denmark’s top scorer at 10/1 with BetVictor – despite flopping somewhat at Arsenal, Bendtner tends to deliver for his nation having netted an impressive 30 goals in 81 games at the time of writing.
- France to get knocked out in the semis at 7/2 with Bet365 – While the side includes a host of very talented stars, we’re still not convinced they have the right mix to go all the way. Cue a semi final defeat to Germany or Brazil.
- Peru to be eliminated at the group stage at 4/9 with BetVictor – short odds but almost a dead cert as they would have to pull off something of a miracle to make it out of Group C in our opinion.
Key Fixtures in Group C
- France v Australia – France need to get off to a positive start and this match on 16th June has to result in three points and decent performance if Les Bleus are to go all the way. And to avoid the usual infighting!
- Denmark v France – Denmark are the biggest threat to France in Group C and this could be a tense one for the favourites. The winner of this one should top the group and get the easier draw for the Round of 16.
- Australia v Peru – Almost certainly the match that will decide which side finishes at the bottom of the pile in this group, we fancy the Aussies will do the business and earn a rare World Cup victory to avoid the wooden spoon.