France are one of the top four favorites to win the World Cup, and they are expected to have a really easy job in their group. They also have a great schedule as they are starting their duties against Australia on Saturday. After that they will play against Peru, before taking on Denmark in the final match. Australia don’t look like they have any solid chances to make it out of this group. A loss in this match is considered as a certainty, but the Socceroos will try to do their best against Peru and Denmark. World Cup France vs Australia Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 6-16-2018, 06:00 EDT
Spread: Australia +1.75
Total: 2.75 Goals
France had a theoretically easy job in the World Cup Qualifiers, but they did suffer a setback against Sweden. However, they did manage to comfortably win their group (7-1-2) and booked their ticket to the World Cup. Since then they have played seven warm-up friendlies against opponents of various levels of difficulty and lost just once, against Colombia (4-1-2). Their offensive triplet of Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud is going to give Australia a really hard time. Mbappe actually picked up a minor injury during a training session, so France might play it safe here. In any case, they have more than enough players to cover any gaps.
On the other hand, Australia were somewhat unlucky in their own qualifying matches. They secured just as many points as Saudi Arabia but missed the automatic qualification due to slightly worse goal difference. In the playoffs they played against Syria twice (1-1 home, 2-1 away) and Honduras (0-0 away, 1-3 home). Since then they have played just four friendlies (2-1-1), defeating Hungary (2-1) and the Czech Republic (0-4). Their squad has some familiar names like ex-NY Red Bull Tim Cahill, Hertha Berllin’s Mathews Leckie, Celtic’s Tom Rogic and Aston Villa’s Michael Jedinak.
France have a great shot to record a comfortable win that would immediately put them at the helm of the group. This is theoretically their easiest match, with Peru coming right after Australia. France have a ton of superstars that can make a difference, and they are expected to make a deep run.
Australia know that this is their hardest match in the group, but they will try to get the best out of it. They are will probably fight with Peru to avoid the last spot of the group, but who knows what might happen. As far as this match is concerned, France will monopolize the interest and should be able to cover the spread.
World Cup France vs Australia Prediction: France -1.75 (-101)
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