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

  • France face Australia at the Kazan Arena on June 16
  • This is the first match in World Cup Group C
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France are backed to make a flying start against Australia (credit: Getty Images)

France vs Australia prediction

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 match odds

  2/9 France (Ladbrokes)
11/2 Draw (bet365)*
16/1 Australia (BetVictor)

*Odds correct at 11:30 BST on June 7 2018

France vs Australia betting preview

France go 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 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 France 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.

At the opposite end of the spectrum to their opponents, Australia will have next-to-no expectations on their shoulders going into the World Cup, with this squad being some way 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 will not give them too much confidence.

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

France vs Australia betting tips

France’s potent attack should enjoy playing against Australia’s defence and France to win with over 2.5 goals in the match is priced at 11/10 with Unibet.

France should come out quickly 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 Ladbrokes.

France vs Australia recommended bets

France to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 11/10 with Unibet

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

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