France vs Australia
France will take Australia in this opening round match of the Group C. The game is in Kazan.
France has arrived to Russia with outstanding squad and they are one of five to six top favorites to win the World Cup. That being said, France is huge favorite in today's game as well in this group.
But to be honest, I don't buy that BS with 1.25 odds on the World Cup game. Everyone who already had long history and experience with betting on numerous World Cups, knows very well that things are never so easy as it seems, at least usually aren't.
Russia in the opening match did a great job but I don't expect we will see many such games where clearly better side without any problems confirm its favorite role.
Australia of course is not on the French level not even close but they are no mugs either. This country is multiple straight World Cup participant. And they have also enough experience in the current squad.
When we are talking about experience, that's maybe the only what France is missing. Namely out of 23, even for 14 players of the French squad this is the first ever major competition. So, French team is very young but all those guys have plenty games on the big scene on the club level.
Offense obviously is where France rules. Opponents won't know from where is the biggest threat. Whether from Griezmann or from young Mbappe, or is it Pogba, Giroud or someone else. BTW, on one of the last practice, Mbappe has earned small injury and his start against Australia is questionable.
The bottom line is, I agree France should win but I expect anything but a game where odds on the French victory should be such low. That being said, l am not confident in the handicap option or in HT FT 1/1. I feel France will need time to break Australia. Plus, French defense IMO is not trustworthy as their attack. Namely, in most of the friendly games they conceded a goal. This could be the case also today.
I like much more goals in this match then the above mentioned options. Especially in the second half IMO we'll see couple goals. Maybe I'm the only one here but I see this game as (0:1) 2:1.
France vs Australia prediction
|Over 1.5 total goals in the 2nd half||Bet365||1.83||8||2-1 WON (+6.64 units)|