France are a prominent figure in the 2018 World Cup Odds, as they look to land the crown for the first time since 1998, and they shall kick off their campaign on Saturday morning in Kazan against Australia in an intriguing Group C clash. France will line up as hot favourites for the match, but they have shown in previous tournaments that they can sometimes flop on the big stage, so Australia will hope to catch them cold in the first match of the weekend.
Saturday 16th June – 11.00am
France v Australia
Antoine Griezmann to score first
@ 31 / 10
France v Australia Latest Odds
Beaten in the quarter-finals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Germany, France will feel this opening tie against Australia should be a fairly easy curtain-raiser for them, and it’s no surprise to see the European heavyweights installed as the 1/4 favourites with Betfair Sportsbook for the win.
Australia struggled in the last World Cup – losing all three of their group matches – and they had to qualify for the Russia showpiece via the play-offs, and while they have warmed up for the event with a couple of friendly wins it’s no surprise to see them as big as 14/1 shots to shock France, while the draw is widely available at 11/2 with most firms in the latest France v Australia Odds.
Didier Deschamps will have an embarrassment of riches to choose from for the first game, but while their attacking talents ooze quality it could be their potential defensive frailties that could see them come unstuck in the latter stages of the tournament, so while they should have no problems beating Australia, Deschamps will be hoping that his side can fly out of the traps and sew up the three points by half-time here.
Behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in qualifying, Australia often struggled to score with any frequency against some minor nations, and were made to work to qualify against Syria in a play-off, so they may find it tough against a France side that are sure to have a lot of possession, and it should be an easy success for the ’98 winners.
Griezmann The Selection In First Goalscorer Betting
Deschamps opted for a three-pronged attacking line in France’s final warm-up match – where they drew 1-1 with United States Of America – and that forward triumvirate of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann is what is expected to take to the field for Saturday’s match, and it’s that trio that dominate the first goalscorer betting.
Mbappe scored the French goal in that friendly and is a 7/2 shot with Ladbrokes to open the scoring, while Chelsea’s Giroud, who will be the focal point of the attacking trio is a shade shorter at 16/5 with Paddy Power, but it’s Griezmann, who has scored 20 goals in 54 international appearances, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest strikers that can break the deadlock in the first half for the French, and the 31/10 with Unibet for the Ateltico Madrid striker to score first is a great bet.
If France can strike early then Australia will have to try and attack their opposition, and this could prove dangerous with the likes of Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi unlocking the Socceroos back-line with ease, and the standout bet for value punters is the 12/5 with Betfair Sportsbook for France -2 on the handicap.
France v Australia Odds
*Odds correct as of 11th Jun, 09:13. Odds are subject to change.
Posted: Wednesday, 13th June 2018
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