Since Brazil won the last world cup in 1970, no other country has been able to successfully defend its title. France has the potential to do it, though it is starting to look like they are becoming one of the most disappointing teams in world football.
This year, France failed to qualify for the European Nations League. They are also going to be without their leading man, Karim Benzema, for the upcoming World Cup.
The qualification process for the World Cup was the most challenging in the world. Only Australia managed to get through 20 games, and they were built by Guus Hiddink. This team is full of interesting individuals, and fans can expect a lot from them. They are also expected to perform at the tournaments in Asia.
France vs Australia Prediction :
Four years ago, France and Australia faced off in the group stage of the World Cup, with the latter eventually winning 2-1. Les Bleus are expected to have a relatively easy time against the Socceroos as they have limited options in the final third.
It’s recommended to go with France to win the game at 1.83. Kylian Mbappe is the favorite to score for the French team, with the odds at 1.90 suggesting that he will do so anytime. On the other hand, those who like to bet on the correct score can go with the 6.50 odds.
France vs Australia Team News :
The headlines were made after Karim Benzema was forced to withdraw from the game due to a thigh injury. He had just returned to training after missing a few weeks.
Although Deschamps refused to name a replacement for Benzema, he did make changes to the team. He replaced Christopher Nkunku and Presnel Kimpembe with Randal Muani and Axel Disasi.
In place of Benzema, the attacking quartet consisting of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, and Olivier Giroud is expected to be formed. With Raphael Varane also possibly not being risked, Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate could be at the back.
Despite the injury, Deschamps stated that Raphael Varane is fit to start. On the other hand, defender Eduardo Camavinga was a little bit discomforted during the training session.
Apart from France, other teams have also been affected by injuries. For instance, Hibernian’s Martin Boyle was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a knee injury.
Marco Tilio replaced Boyle. Arnold also had a full complement of players available for selection. Ajdin Hrustic was also included in the squad despite his own injury. Despite his recent recovery, he will start on the bench.
Harry Souttar of the Potters City stated that he is ready to play on the first day of the tournament. Despite not having practiced much since his ACL surgery, Arnold believes that the defender is ready to start.
France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Pavard, Upamecano, Konate, Lucas Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
Australia possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; McGree, Mooy, Irvine; Leckie, Duke, Goodwin