Regardless of what happens during the international breaks, France will head to Qatar as one of the favorites to win the title. Our sportsbook is offering the best markets and bonuses for the World Cup.
World Cup Reigning Champions
Throughout its history, the French national team has made it to the World Cup finals on three occasions: in 1998, 2006, and 2018 winning the trophy on the first and most recent one. The 1998 title was special for them as they were the host nation, so they got to lift the trophy and celebrate in front of their fans. They won their group, picking up maximum points and scoring nine goals in the process. In the finals, they destroyed Brazil, beating them 3-0 with Zinedine Zidane scoring a brace.
In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they were able to win their group again. On their way to the trophy, they beat Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium, and Croatia in the finals, with Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba contributing to the scoresheet.
Euro 2020 Failure
The reigning World Cup champion has enviable talent, squad depth, and a blueprint for success, so their Euro 2020 failure was a real shock. They managed to make it out of their group, but something got wrong against Switzerland, a nation that hadn’t reached the quarterfinal of any major tournament since the 1954 World Cup it hosted.
Probably they have too many world stars inside their squad. Didier Deschamps’s decision to recall Karim Benzema may still draw criticism given the history between the two, but he scored four goals and is one of the best strikers in the world. So if you’re betting online and you like your props, you should back him week in and week out in La Liga and Champions League.
Young Squad and Internal Issues
Didier Deschamps has tried to remain loyal to those who served him well. Still, given the latest injuries (Hugo Lloris and stars like Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Digne, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, and Adrien Rabiot), the French coach was forced to call seven players that made their professional debut after the 2018 World Cup: Adrien Truffert, Benoit Badiashile, William Saliba, Wesley Fofana, Kolo Muani, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga, all of them super talented.
Tchouameni and Real Madrid teammate Eduardo Camavinga are the most familiar, along with Arsenal’s William Saliba. Yet, AS Monaco pair Benoit Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana, Stade Rennais’ Adrien Truffert, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani will earn their first debut in the next international break.
The French Football Federation is going through a hard time due to a series of claims of sexual misconduct and decades of cover-ups, while Paul Pogba is living out a very public blackmail attempt involving his older brother Mathias. On top of that, Kylian Mbappe refused to participate in sponsor activities ahead of the 2022 World Cup at their Clairefontaine training base, a decision that senior players in the squad supported.
The 23-year-old will undoubtedly be Les Bleus’ star player for the two World Cups, and it was only a matter of time before he stamped his authority on his country and club. But these internal issues are happening less than two months before the World Cup. So if you like France and want to include them in your soccer picks and parlays, you should always follow the latest developments inside the squad and French Federation.
Third Favorites to Win the Trophy
France is coming off a World Cup win in 2018, winning 4-2 over Croatia. Prior it was Germany in 2014 and Spain in 2010. You can say the World Cup always has one of the favorites winning the trophy.
The French squad shines in the back with Hugo Lloris, one of the world’s top keepers, but with N’Golo Kante commanding the midfield and clinical finishers like Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe, goals will be frequent in Qatar.
They were drawn into Group D with Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia and are heavy favorites to win their group, priced at -250 according to the latest soccer odds. They are also third favorites behind Brazil and England to go all the way to the trophy, priced at +600, with their star striker being the second favorite to win the Golden Boot behind Harry Kane.