Betting tip World Cup 2018: France - Australia

Saturday, 16.06.2018 at 12:00 o’clock (CET)

France starts “Mission Title”

This Saturday it’s getting serious in Group C of the World Cup in Russia. That’s when the teams from France and Australia face each other. The roles are clear in this match; after all France is one of the favourites for the title. As usual we provide all important information and statistics for both teams in our World Cup betting tips. The duel kicks off on June 16 at 11am.

France

  • Extremely strong offense
  • Good record in direct duel
  • Significantly better players

Australia

  • Physically strong team
  • Pressure is clearly on opponent

Current form France

One thing needs to be emphasized at the beginning. Australia isn’t supposed to be a stumbling block for France. The difference in quality is simply too big between the two teams, especially the quality of the roster of the “Equipe Tricolore”. France is the big favourite in Group C and that’s justified too. However: The general rehearsal for Russia didn’t go well. Didier Deschamps team only drew 1:1 against the USA a couple of days ago. We do believe that the US are a bit stronger than the upcoming opponent from “Down Under” though. Before France won 2:0 against the prominent World Cup spectator Italy and the Deschamps-Eleven also beat Ireland 3:0 at the end of May. We believe that France is particularly strong over the wings. Recently Mbappé and Griezman played there and in the striking center Deschamps let Giroud play, who plays for Arsenal. That’s where we see a problem, especially against physically strong and defensively oriented teams. Giroud definitely has his qualities, but at the same time he is not the most agile player and therefore France’s game may become ponderous. Generally France has one of the best offensive lines in the tournament, however. Just consider players like Thauvin, Dembéle, Lemar or Fekir, who all only came from the bench recently. In addition they have the perfect mix in the midfield: Paul Pogba is a motor on offense, N’Golo Kanté is enormously robust physically and secures the defence and Blaise Matuidi is basically a hybrid of both. The only downside to a great French team: Laurent Koscielny, the former defensive chief, will miss the final round in Russia. The 1:1 against The USA is not the only proof that the strong French team still tends to slip at times. In the qualification for Russia they locked down the first place on the last game day only. “Les Bleus” seems to struggle against physically strong teams. The matches against Sweden or Belarus (1:2 and 2:1) can be proof of that. Strong: Since September 2017 France scored at least one goal in every official or test match and so we can also expect them to score on Saturday. Therefore we would recommend a betting tip on more than 2.5 scored goals.

Current form Australia

Australia probably needs to pray for a miracle on Saturday. Anything but a “Socceroos’” loss against France would be a huge surprise, although they have performed pretty well in the preparation recently. They won the General rehearsal for Russia against Hungary 2:1 and against the Czech Republic, another World Cup starter, they even won 4:0. Back in March Australia drew 0:0 against Colombia. So France better not take this match too easily. Bert van Marwijk's team may very well score one or two goals against a favourite too. One could see that in last year’s Confed Cup, when they only lost 2:3 against Germany. The fact that they already know the turf in Russia can be a slight advantage for Australia, as well as the fact that opponent France is under way more pressure than the underdog. Another plus: Unlike other underdogs Australia has plenty of World Cup final round experience. They are now competing for the 4th time in a row. The fact that Australia now has some more weapons on offense than in the past makes our betting tip of more than 2.5 goals even more likely. Matthew Leckie from Hertha BSC in particular has been in great shape lately. He scored two goals in the 4:0 victory over the Czech Republic. The direct duel with France doesn’t speak for Australia, however. Just the opposite: The most recent match in 2013 ended in a 0:3 loss, before that Australia drew 1:1 and once they even won 1:0. We see Australia’s strength in their physical game. We expect the team from “down under” to play aggressively and run a lot. Aaron Moy from the Premier League club Huddersfield is supposed to provide playful moments. Standard situations may be another weapon for Australia. Additionally they have the top scorer of the Asian qualification Group B on their roster, namely Tomi Juric (5 goals). The Luzern player is one of the offensive hopes for the final round. The fact that Australia only received one goal in the last three matches in 2018 also speaks for their defensive strength and it may raise the odds for a betting tip on more than 2.5 goals.

Forecast and Betting Tip

As we said, France isn’t supposed to slip against Australia and therefore they will fight for a good start into the tournament. As long as they don’t underestimate their opponent the title candidate should win this match. Our betting tip for this match is: over 2.5 goals.

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