France (@1.75) vs Australia (@2.15)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

France will win

France – Australia Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 04:00

Pogba is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as an attacking and a defensive midfielder as well. It has to be noted that Paul Pogba won four Serie A trophies with Juventus. He produced a fine display in the 2013/2014 Champions League final against Barcelona, but Juve suffered a 3-1 loss to Barca in the Olympiastadion Berlin clash.

France kick off their World Cup campaign with a match against Australia and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturdays football game against the Socceroos. Despite being regarded as hot favourites to win EURO 2016, France eventually suffered a loss to Portugal in the final of the tournament in their homeland. Didier Deschamps, though, remained in charge of the French national team and the experienced tactician and his men certainly want to go all the way at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Australians will, as always, rely on veteran Tim Cahill against France, but seeing that the Socceroos failed to impress in the qualifiers, we predict les Tricolores will emerge triumphant in their World Cup opener. A man to watch in Didier Deschamps team will be Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, who helped los Rojiblancos beat Olympique Marseille in the Europa League final.

Paul Pogba is their key man in midfield, meanwhile and the 89m midfielder has a point to prove after a hit-and-miss season with Manchester United. France football team is blessed with some of the best upcoming attacking talent in world football, with Kyllian Mbappe scoring in their most recent friendly, and Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann finding the net in the win against Italy before that.

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Since losing 3-2 to Colombia in March a match they were leading 2-0 after Olivier Giroud and Thomas Lemar scored France have beaten Russia, Republic of Ireland and Italy and, last time out, drew 1-1 with the USA. Against Russia, Kyllian Mbappes double and Paul Pogbas goal secured a 3-1 win, while it was Giroud and Nabil Fekir who got their pre-tournament schedule off to a winning start in a 2-0 defeat of Ireland. In Nice, France then beat Italy 3-1 with Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in the goals after Samuel Umtitis early opener, before Mbappes late equaliser confirmed a draw with the USA in their final warm-up match. France have lost just one of their last 12 matches, and go into the game against Australia on the back of four matches without defeat.

Coming into the goal markets, France scored at least twice in 7 consecutive matches before the 1-1 draw against USA in their last friendly. However, they conceded in 5 of their last 6. Therefore, both teams to score come in as a value bet for this match. Australia are also in some fine scoring form as well and netted in 7 of their last 9 games.

Expert Verdict: France are big favourites to top Group C and start their 2018 World Cup campaign against an Australian side who needed the play-offs to get through to Russia. New manager Bert van Marwijk has overseen a turnaround in Australia's recent form with back-to-back wins in their two friendlies this month, but it is difficult to see them stopping a France team who have scored 17 goals in their last eight matches.

This month, they won 4-0 against the Czech Republic Mathew Leckie scoring twice and then left it late to beat Hungary in their final warm-up game, courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal in a 2-1 win. After sealing World Cup qualification with a Mile Jedinak-inspired 3-1 win against Honduras, Australia team have played four friendlies and won the most recent two. A crushing 4-1 defeat in Norway was first up in March, despite Jackson Irvine giving the Socceroos the lead, but defensive pride was restored with a goalless draw against Colombia.

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He set an all-time record for highest football transfer fee, surpassing Gareth Bale, the former record holder. The French midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Premier League giants for a world-record fee of 105 million. However, he missed the 2016/2017 Premier League opener against Bournemouth through suspension. After spending four seasons at Juventus, Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.

Benjamin Mendy has started two of Frances three pre-tournament games at left-back, but Lucas Hernandez was preferred for the win against Italy and could get the nod to face Australia after coming off the bench against the Americans. Benjamin Pavard stepped off the bench to provide the assist for Kyllian Mbappes goal, while Ousmane Dembele had already replaced Olivier Giroud at that point. After having to come from behind to draw with USA last time out, a few of Frances key selection decisions are likely to have been settled for Didier Deschamps in that game.