- France is favored to win against Australia.
- Despite several injuries, France still has one of the best squads.
- France is likely to win without conceding a goal.
The current World Cup title holders kickstart their FIFA World Cup schedule against Australia on November 22.
Les Blues will want to start the tournament with a statement win as they hope to become only the third team in history to claim back-to-back titles.
Australia, on the other hand, would be happy just to advance from the Group Stage.
France vs. Australia Prediction, World Cup:
The winning team model predicts France will win this Group D game with 64% confidence. The model also predicts a 23% chance of tie/draw.
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France vs. Australia Odds, Outrights, Over/Under
- Match Result: France (-400) | Draw (+500) | Australia (+1150)
- Draw No Bet: France (-2000)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-160) | Under 2.5 (+115)
France vs. Australia Match Info
2022 World Cup — Group Stage (D)
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar
Coverage: Fox Sports, Telemundo, fuboTV
France vs. Australia Analysis
Much has been made of France’s injury list coming into this tournament, with the most notable absences being Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, and Christopher Nkunku. While the midfield is particularly hard-hit, Didier Deschamps still has one of the strongest squads in the tournament.
From 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, PSG dangerman Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to Raphael Varane, William Saliba, Aurelien Tchouameni, and many more – this is a team loaded at almost every position.
Deschamps moved to a 3-4-1-2 formation to accommodate his attacking talent, but he’s still defensive-minded, and if his team struggles, he will be happy to revert to a tighter system.
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For Australia, this is unlikely to be a positive experience for a team whose best abilities on the field are resolve, grit, and a scrappy fighting style. Simply put, Australia struggled to qualify for the World Cup, and they are a far cry from 2006’s golden generation of players that got the team through to the Round of 16.
Graham Arnold’s team will set up with containment in mind and will be happy to attack through set pieces and on the counter. The problem with this is that they are facing a frightening attacking trio of Benzema, Mbappe, and Griezmann.
Quite frankly, I don’t see the Socceroos getting anything out of this, although an upset would make Group D wide open.
France appears to have the three points in the bag, and I expect them to win by at least two goals.
France vs. Australia Game Results Odds
- Match Result: France (-400)
- Draw No Bet: France (-2000)
- Over/Under Goals: Over (-160)
- 3Way Handicap Regular Time -2: France (+175)
- Karim Benzema to Score and France to Win the Match (+110)