So, after winning Group D, France will play Group C second-place finisher Poland in the 2022 Round of 16 Sunday. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
France and Total Under 3½ (-140)
An injury-riddled start to the tournament, so Didier Deschamps rested his stars against Tunisia. There were nine changes among the starters. France didn’t have much to gain in that game, as they’d already made the Round of 16.
There were reasons to rest the players. Games are now 100 minutes long (including injury time), and teams play every four days. France have recharged their batteries, and now Deschamps can definitely utilize the best players on the roster. Despite having as skilled a squad as any at the World Cup, France may also be pragmatic.
In 2018, they were the World Cup champs, beating Croatia by embracing pragmatism over adventure, and also subsuming individual flair to the collective benefit of the team. Deschamps has largely stuck with the same approach, and the key to his strategy has been his ability to convince marquee players to take on extra defensive duties.
They will definitely use the same system Sunday against Poland, but this time, they have a better pace and great attacking firepower. France are big favorites against a Poland side that hasn’t impressed. Additionally, Poland are unlikely to score. The “no” option on both teams to score is another value bet to consider if you’re betting online. Check the available markets.
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France To Score a Penalty (+300)
How to squeeze some value bets in this match? Knowing that France love to bring many balls inside the box because they are individually amazing. Poland have been comfortably outshot in all three of their group games, somehow conspiring to earn four points. If they adopt the same desperately-passive approach, France and their well-rested frontline will make them suffer.
Kylian Mbappe Anytime Goalscorer (+105)
Kylian Mbappe is on course to secure the Golden Boot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, just as many people had predicted. The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored three goals during the groups, and will be the biggest threat to the Polish defense in the Round of 16.
Back him to score against Poland, helping to lead his country through to the quarterfinals. PSG’s frontman was rested against Tunisia, so will be raring to add to his tally of goals while chasing the Golden Boot. He registered 34 shots on target across his last 11 appearances with France, an average of 3.1 per game.
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