France v Australia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Improving Socceroos to test French patience

France v Australia - World Cup 2018

France v Australia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 16th June – 11.00 p.m
(Full time: 0:1 – goals: Griezmann 58′ (P), Pogba 81′ – Jedinak 62′ (P) )

Most predictions for France v Australia will probably be leaning towards Les Bleus getting a comfortable win in this opening Group C fixture. The French are one of the front runners in the tournament outright winner market and therefore most people will be expecting them to open with a victory against Australia. But after a couple of positive friendly results just ahead of the tournament, will the Socceroos be able to get under the skin of the French and rattle them?

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France will look to get a good foothold in the tournament by winning their opening fixture here against Australia. The French could only muddle their way to a 1-1 draw against the USA on the weekend and they looked a bit short of their best especially at the back. France have suffered only the one defeat in their last 10 games collecting six wins during a sequence. Their defence hasn’t been watertight at all recently as they have collected just one clean sheet in their last six games played so they are going to need tighten up if they want to fulfil their ambitions of making a title run at Russia 2018. One blessing that the French have is that they have a great squad with a stack of depth and that will help them come through tight situations in the second half of matches.

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You are looking at a big price of 7/4 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 11 at 6:30 p.m.) for both teams to score. Because of the goals that France have conceded lately it’s going into our predictions as actually being worth a little flutter. France have plenty of scoring power and they have Antoine Griezmann as the 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11th at 6:11 pm) first goalscorer favourite for the match. France have returned at least two goals in all but one of their last eight games now, there are draw against the USA on the weekend was a game that sapped that particular sequence. You wonder if they may just get off to a slow start here as they have a huge amount of expectancy on their shoulders. As Australia seem to have lifted their game a little bit a draw/France have time full-time bet is at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11th at 6:11 p.m.) and that is something worth considering.

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Australia really did not look anything special during their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign and they didn’t even win their group as they came second to Japan. Then they needed a goal in extra time of the second leg in their play-off against Syria to make it through to the inter-confederation play-off against Honduras which, Australia obviously won. So after the campaign from the Socceroos, when the World Cup draw was made it looks as if they may end up being fodder for the French. However, Australia are undefeated in their last three games winning their last two which was against the Czech Republic and Hungary. Starting off that sequence was a good 0-0 draw against Colombia.

Nothing will change the fact that in this game that they are going to be heavy underdogs and that a win still looks a considerable way out of the picture. But they may be more of a handful France to deal with than it initially appeared. If they do manage to break the French defence, which again has not been in particularly great form recently, it is unlikely that Australia will be able to produce more than one goal as they will be on the back foot for most of it. But for our game predictions under 2.5 goals at bet365 would probably mean that Australia have done a pretty good job in this opening game of theirs. There is no easy game ahead for Australia at the 2018 World Cup as they will move on to play Denmark and then Peru in Group C.

France v Australia Head to Head

The last time that France and Australia met things didn’t go well for the Socceroos as they lost six-nil in a 2015 friendly. That was just the fourth game between these two and from those previous four meetings, it is France who are 2-1 up in the head-to-head. They have only met once competitively which was in the 2001 confederations cup and Australia collected a 1-0 win on that occasion.

France v Australia Betting Odds*

France 1/4
Draw 23/4
Australia 12/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 16th June, 2018 at 6.48 p.m.)

France v Australia Predictions

Australia are industrious and may make France work hard for anything that they get out of this fixture. It’s hard to see the underdogs making a big impact on the scoreboard, but they can keep the score down in the fixture and therefore a France to win by a one goal margin looks a solid option for this opener in the group.