An injury-hit France will begin their World Cup title defense with a matchup against intercontinental qualifiers Australia in Qatar. Will Les Blues ease past the Socceroos on Tuesday night? Don't miss our France vs Australia predictions, an in-depth match preview with betting tips, starting line-ups, team news, how to watch the match on TV, highest odds and bonus offers!
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How to watch France v Australia
France take on Australia on Tuesday, November 22. The match is schedule for a 7pm UK time kick-off at Al-Wakrah Sports Complex.
France vs Australia is live on BBC One. To stream the game live, you just have to head to the BBC iPlayer.
France vs Australia Betting Preview
In addition to the 2018 World Champion title in Russia, France have added another major trophy to their cabinet in the form of the UEFA Nations League. Les Blues beat Spain in the final in Milan in 2019, but have disappointed a bit since then. Their only win from their last six matches was a 2-0 home success against Austria. In that process, they suffered two defeats against Denmark, and were beaten 1-0 at home by Croatia. Didier Deschamps' plans have been unsettled by the late withdrawal of Karim Benzema, as the 2022 Ballon D'Or suffered an injury in training and will be out for at least one month.
A nervy play-off win on penalties over Peru ensured Australia a berth in the 2022 World Cup, an achievement they reached since 2006. The Socceroos had a disappointing qualifying campaign as they finished third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. Anyway, they did well in their most recent friendlies and in World Cup qualifying, having beaten Jordan, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand on two occasions in their latest games. Of course, France is a much stronger opponent.
The teams last met in the opening game of the previous World Cup as France ran out 2-1 winners in Kazan, Russia, on their way to lift the trophy.
The reigning World Cup holders are the heavy favourites with the top betting sites heading into their first match of the tournament and are offered at 3/10 at William Hill. Australia for their part can be backed at 12/1 with Bet365, while the draw is offered at 26/5 with VBet.
France (4-3-1-2): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Konate, Lucas Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot, Fofana; Griezmann; Giroud, Mbappe
N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba are out through injury this time, along with Karim Benzema, Presnel Kimpembe and exciting RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku. Furthermore, Eduardo Camavinga sat out training on Sunday with discomfort but should be fine for the opening day. Up front, Kylian Mbappè will be partnered by Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. With so many injuries, the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Raphael Varane and Youssuf Fofana could all start this game. Ibrahima Konate is favorite over Dayot Upamecano to line up at the back.
Australia (4-3-3): Ryan; Atkinson, Wright, Rowles, Behich; Hrustic, Mooy, Irvine; Leckie, Duke, Goodwin
Martin Boyle has been nursing a knee problem and has been forced to withdraw from the squad while Ajdin Hrustic has reportedly been working as normal recently following his own injury concern. Harry Souttar has only just recovered from an ACL injury and may miss out here. Brighton's goalkeeper Matthew Ryan will start between the sticks while a familiar face such as Aaron Mooy will anchor the midfield. Up front, the likes of Craig Goodwin, Mathew Leckie and Mitchell Duke are likely to form the offensive trio.
France v Australia Predictions
Les Blues are dealing with a huge number of injuries, but their lineup is still intimidating to say the least.
Given the clear gulf in class and international experience, we expect France to win with a wide margin. In addition to France -1 Handicap, we back the Over 2.5 goals option.
The correct score might be a 3-0 or 4-0 for Les Blues while Antoine Griezmann is our pick in the anytime goalscorer market.
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