While France’s best performance at the World Cup is a win, which includes the last tournament in Russia, Australia’s best is only managing to get past the group stage once in 2006. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
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France Half-Time/Full-Time (-125)
France certainly haven’t had the ideal build-up to the defense of their title, winning just one of their last five games across all competitions and losing twice to Group D rivals Denmark. To add to their woes, a number of high-profile players are either ruled out or doubtful, with Real Madrid superstar and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema recently joining Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Christopher Nkunku on the sidelines, while Raphael Varane is unlikely to be fit for their opener.
Despite this, Didier Deschamps still possesses one of the most talented squads in world football. France have reached the final of the FIFA World Cup in three of the last six editions, more than any other nation during this period. France have been underperforming this year overall but we expect a changed team for this World Cup and a lot of better performances. There should be no doubt that France will score goals in every single match of the tournament.
Australia will set up with a low block, relying on tall centre-backs to clear anything that comes their way. It will be tough for France to break down their opponents but we expect them to press high and control the entire game. France is one of the best teams in the world and we will add them to our soccer picks and parlays.
Australia have not won a World Cup game since 2010, and have just two wins in their last 13 World Cup games. The Socceroos have not scored a non-penalty World Cup goal since Tim Cahill in 2014.
Mbappe Anytime Goalscorer (-120)
In terms of the threat from France, Didier Deschamps will be very much looking to two men in particular. Kylian Mbappe has been the face of French football since their last World Cup triumph and is our pick to find the back of the net so if you’re betting online, you should back him too.
The 23-year-old was the star of the show in Russia four years ago and has scored 12 goals for France since the start of 2021. He has 19 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for PSG this season and, after scoring two of France’s last three goals.
Deschamps will likely turn to the same trio he used at Russia 2018, with Mbappe starting alongside one or both of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. Giroud has extra motivation, sitting just two behind Thierry Henry with 51 goals scored, as Les Bleus’ all-time record goalscorer. We expect France to score at least three goals on their own, so backing Giroud to score is another good option at +110.
France To Win To Nil (-120)
France may not be in the best of form but four of their last five victories have been accompanied by a clean sheet and Australia have lost to nil against Japan and Saudi Arabia this year. Australia They have taken just one point from their last two World Cup campaigns and have a shortage of quality all over the pitch.
France are by far the better team at the moment and should be able to comfortably win this game. French must execute their chances and not give Australia any hope. Les Bleus’ lineup is still intimidating, to say the least, and they should have enough to win this clash and keep a clean sheet in the process.