The evening of Tuesday 22nd November sees reigning FIFA World Cup Champions France take on Australia in each team’s first match of the group stage. On paper, France are the favourites to top Group D, so it is expected that they will come away from this match with a win.
In terms of World Cup history, France won at the last FIFA World Cup in 2018, so they have had a recent taste of ultimate success. Conversely, Australia have yet to progress past the Round of 16 at any World Cup. Of course, Australia will be hoping to cause a surprise upset, but the likelihood is that France will triumph at this meeting.
France has a strong squad, with all of its players under contract with top flight European clubs including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal. They also boast the skills of Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema, both strong contenders for this year’s Golden Boot award, so France will be expecting to rack up some serious goals this tournament.
France finished top of their qualifying group with a goal difference of 15, with Kylian Mbappé scoring five of those goals, and Karim Benzema scoring three. They are not the only goal scoring fire power available to France though, as their top goal scorer in qualifying was Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who scored a whopping six goals. So as well as their recent World Cup success, France have some strong strikers to power them forward in this year’s tournament.
Conversely, most of Australia’s national football team play for teams in the lower divisions of football, in Europe and worldwide. They do have some quality in forward Matthew Leckie and midfielder Jackson Irvine, but they are unlikely to be able to match the power of France’s squad.
Australia qualified via the AFC-CONMEBOL playoff after winning on penalties following a goalless draw against Peru, and experienced mixed success on their journey to World Cup qualification, rarely managing to score one or two goals, if at all. Australia has a tough start to the tournament going up against the current champions and favourites as this year’s victors.
Betting tips for France vs Australia
Now for our France vs Australia prediction: Without paying any disrespect to the Australian national team, it is fair to say that France are the clear favourites to win this match, likely by a clear margin, given their goal scoring capabilities. This is in spite of several members of the France squad being out of action with injuries at the moment.
When it comes to France vs Australia betting tips, considering that France is the much stronger team, the bookies will be working on the assumption that France will win, when generating their France vs Australia odds.
Considering all of the above, our France vs Australia tips would be to look for favourable France vs Australia betting odds on France to win both the first and second half, or if you think France will win by a large margin, then make a slightly riskier bet by betting on France to win by more than 1.5 or even 2.5 goals.