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France vs Australia predictions, betting tips and preview - Les Blues to nail down an early statement of intent

Dean Carr 13 Apr 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 23: Team France stand together during a minute of silence as a tribute to the people who lost their lives due to a terrorist attack in Trebes in the south of France before the international friendly match between France and Colombia at Stade de France on March 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

France vs Australia match stats

  • France won seven of their 10 games in World Cup qualifying
  • Australia lost just once during World Cup qualifying
  • France won 6-0 in the previous meeting between these two sides in 2013

France vs Australia odds


France vs Australia betting preview

France come into their opening game at this summer’s World Cup looking to set a marker for the standards they must uphold for the rest of the competition. The outstanding favourite in a group which also contains Peru and Denmark, France will be expected to progress with flying colours amongst their opponents and will perhaps relish having far less pressure on their shoulders this time around.

Being the host nation at Euro 2016, all eyes were on the ultra-talented French squad to produce and the expectancy perhaps became overwhelming in the final as they lost to Portugal. They are rightfully one of the favourites to go all the way in this summer’s competition given the array of talent at the disposal of Didier Deschamps, while their youthful exuberance could serve them well.

On the opposite end of the spectrum to their opponents, Australia will have next-to-no expectations on their shoulders coming into this summer’s World Cup, with this squad being someway off the side they had over a decade or so ago. As ever, they came through qualifying with relative ease, but their performances in recent friendlies won’t give them too much confidence.

Competitors in last summer’s Confederations Cup, Australia failed to win any of their three group games against any one of Germany, Cameroon and Chile, though the experience of playing iRussia should serve them well here. Ange Postecoglou resigned as Australian coach just two weeks after they qualified for the competition and they are now something of an unknown quantity under new coach Bert van Marwijk.

France vs Australia predictions

France’s potent attack should enjoy playing against Australia’s defence and France win and over 2.5 match goals is priced at 17/20 with William Hill.

France should come out quick in this clash, with this being the chance to nail down a serious statement. France can be backed at 8/11 to win the first half with Betfair.

France vs Australia betting tips

France win and over 2.5 match goals at 17/20 with William Hill

France to win the first half at 8/11 with Betfair



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