France v Australia Betting Tip France and BTTS – World Cup 2018

Australia to give French a fright


Saturday 16th June 1100hrs France v Australia Football – International – World Cup Saturday the 16th of June is an absolute dream for football fans all over the planet with four World Cup games four our viewing pleasure. It kicks off with European superpowers France against Australia – a nation who many predict could be the sacrificial lambs to the slaughter. It looks a mismatch on paper but the French need only look back to 2002 when opening the tournament as World Champions and expected to coast home against Senegal only to lose 1-0 in one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition. Could the Socceroos do similar?! France versus Australia preview and betting tips below.

The French have a squad packed full of attacking talent, outrageous pace and strength in depth all over the pitch. They were unlucky losers in their own European Championships two years ago and there is a sense that this group of players are more experienced and mature now, so in theory should be in a better position to win this competition. I’m not entirely sold on that however, for reasons explained in my World Cup preview. Didier Deschamps as manager worries me and I’m not sure he even knows his best team which – only a few days before they kick off against Australia – is concerning. Qualification had it’s fair shares of concerns as well, despite finishing top of the section, and they have some injury concerns as Saturday approaches. France have more than a few negative experiences at World Cups, often caused by massive egos competing against each other. It’s now 20 years since they won their sole World Cup and even though they reached the final in 2006, they can have disappointed on more occasions despite appearing to have one of the strongest group of players. It will be interesting to see how they fair in Russia.

It’s been a real drama for Australia to even reach the finals of this World Cup where most of the drama usually takes place. Having disappointed in the Asian qualifiers (only finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia) the Aussies had to make do with a playoff against Honduras in what appeared to be a difficult game against another regular at recent World Cups. A hard fought draw away from home was followed up by an impressive (and somewhat surprising) comfortable home win that ensured they made their fourth straight World Cup. In between all that they had a change in manager which was a touch surprising considering Ange Postecoglou had ultimately achieved his goal of getting to the finals and looked to have ridden out the storm of criticism coming from the fans. His replacement is the very experienced Bert Van Marwijk who led his native Netherlands to the World Cup final back in 2010. He took over having led Saudi Arabia to this World Cup through qualification in another surprising mode. Australia will hope the surprises continue as it would likely mean they have done well.

France v Australia Betting Tips

The French will have to deal with all the expectation that sits upon their shoulders and that’s going to be from the outset as they come into the match with Australia as massive favourites. Deschamps has used the warm up games to test a number of different formations and personnel but as is usually his want, he will stick to the tried and tested for the competitive games. The whole of France suffered a scare earlier this week when Kylian Mbappe left training with a suspected injury but it’s looking as though the PSG forward will be fit enough to start on Saturday. For Australia they will be hoping to continue their positive form from the warm up games. The Aussies have won been impressive in wins over the Czech Republic and Hungary as they build towards the game against France and although it’s a different level of opposition, the signs are encouraging.

As for as betting tips go for France and Australia, the former are of course the most likely winners – and comfortable ones at that – but I tend to think this is where we are going to get our first glut of goals in the 2018 World Cup. Australia’s style under Bert Van Marwijk has been surprisingly open and they have a number of attacking players plying their trade in Europe these days. France have never been the most secure at the back and although they are the most likely winners, Australia can give them a scare along the way. Take the French to win but both teams to score.

Betting Tip – France win and both teams to score 11/4 @ Betway

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