France vs Australia
Saturday 16th June 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018, Group C, Kazan Arena, Kazan
Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 11:00 GMT
France vs Australia is the opening game for Group C. Both sides will be hoping to get off to the perfect start with a win.
France will be hoping to lay down an early marker in the World Cup. They have one of the most exciting, youthful squads, which holds fantastic strength in depth. Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette, Dimitri Payet and Kingsley Coman are just a few star names that haven’t even made the squad. With Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele in attack, it would be easy to overlook the importance of a less spectacular name. Oliver Giroud.
Australia qualified for the World Cup after beating Honduras in a play-off match. Whilst Tim Cahill has often been their star man, Premier League midfielder Aaron Mooy could be their main guy in Russia. There Huddersfield playmaker has impressed in his debut top-flight campaign. Alongside captain Mile Jedinak, Mooy will hope to provide creativity in midfield. The ageing Cahill can still provide a threat, although it is likely he will be used as an impact substitute. If Australia have any hopes of making it of the group, they need to avoid a heavy defeat.
France’s biggest challenge should come from Denmark and Peru, and I expect them to get off to a strong start on Saturday. Whilst Australia will be resolute, they just don’t have enough quality to compete with France’s star-studded squad.
France vs Australia will be televised live in the UK on BBC 1 with an early morning kick off at 11AM GMT.
Prediction: France 3-0 Australia
Suggested Tips – France vs Australia – (BET365):
- Correct score: France to win 3-0 – (link no longer available).
- Over 2.5 Goals and BTTS – No – (link no longer available).
Suggested Tips – France vs Australia – (SKYBET):
- Giroud to score and win – 5/4.
- Both Players to Score – Griezmann and Mbappe to score – 7/2.
- RequestABet up to 10/1 – France to win by 2 goals and score 5+ corners – 5/4. (NAP).
Tips updated at 10:00 GMT on 16th June.
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