France and Australia are the match to watch for Group C. The heavyweights vs. the wildcards; European powerhouse vs. the Socceroos. This exciting pair meets each other on Russia’s Kazan pitch on the 16th of June 2018. Which team are you putting your money on? Let’s dive into their respective strengths and find out.
World Cup 2018: Odds for France/Australia Match
Here are the latest official odds for the upcoming match, as offered by Bet365:
- France: 2/11
- Draw: 21/4
- Australia: 16
France has been billed as strong favourites to win Group C with its world-class player line-up and formidable leadership from Didier Deschamps. In the meantime, Australia is shooting for second place ranking in Group C.
Meeting France in its first World Cup match is terrifying, but good performance will be a definite morale booster and fuel their later matches against Peru and Denmark.
Here are the odds of Australia and France finishing the group stage as Winner of Group C:
- France: 2/7
- Australia: 20
Betting on Australia to take second place in Group C? Well, Unibet is betting on 19/4 odds that Australia finishes in second. Meanwhile, fellow group mates Denmark has odds of 7/4 while Peru has odds 12/5. This market can also be found at Marathon Bet, BetStars and 888Sport.
France/Australia World Cup 2018 Players to Watch
The French squad is dripping with attacking talent. The main man is Antoine Griezmann, who scored six goals for France in Euro 2016. This scorer is known for scoring all types of goals from both inside and outside the box. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is also one to watch, with his title as the second-most expensive footballer in history.
Finally, there’s Kylian Mbappe. Although a relative newcomer to international football, Mbappe’s speed could make him one of the breakout stars of the FIFA World Cup. To complete their defense, there’s Raphael Varane who is only 24 yet already has 40 caps.
France/Australia Football Team History
France stumbled slightly during the World Cup 2018 qualifying matches last year. Their mistakes led to a defeat against Sweden and a draw with Luxembourg. Yet, any opponent must not take their player line up lightly. Their coach, Didier has a pool of world-class talent at his disposal. From Paul Pogba to Antoine Griezmann to Kylian Mbappe, the individual player quality is impressive.
On the other hand, Australia recently lost its coach, Ange Postecoglou in November. Few months later, Bert van Marwijk was appointed as the new coach, bringing with him a sparkly track record (Netherlands to World Cup Final in 2010, Saudi Arabia’s first qualification in 12 years).
Yet, there is a slight challenge that he will not have enough time to work with the team before naming the squad. Will their strong midfielders make up for it? After all, Australia has Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy, Celtic’s Tom Rogic and evergreen Tim Cahill on his last hurrah.
In a nutshell, France is the clear winner for the match and Group C, but Australia could be a wildcard. As long as France avoids any mistakes, they’ve got the match in the bag!