France v Australia Betting Tips
It’s been a very long and challenging road for the Socceroos just to get to the World Cup but the real work is now about to start.
Bert van Marwijk has imparted his words of wisdom, the players have worked on their fitness and tactics and it’s time for Australia’s World Cup campaign to begin with their most daunting fixture of Group C against France.
At $7.50 with Bet365, France are among the favourites to go all the way and win the World Cup. But van Marwijk and his players have settled into their surroundings in Kazan and are preparing to pull off a shock result.
Socceroos Can Make France Work for the Three Points?
Australian sports fans always get a little giddy when the Socceroos compete in the World Cup. Pre-tournament predictions almost always reflect fans favouring their heart over their head but this time around the optimism may not be out of place.
The Socceroos showed just what they are capable of as a unit when making light work of the Czech Republic in a friendly in Austria. They weren’t quite as good against Hungary but still managed to secure a win which can only do good things for squad morale.
After having to get used to the unique tactics of Ange Postecoglou, the Socceroos players appear much more comfortable with van Marwijk’s more traditional approach.
Certainly the back four is operating well as are the deep lying midfielders. Those players will be key against France as the Socceroos must work incredibly hard to stop Didier Deschamps’ talented team and simply cannot afford to try and go toe-to-toe with them.
Australia can look to make the most of their attacking qualities against Denmark and Peru. For the opener, they’ll have to be content with trying to stop France in their tracks. We’re not entirely convinced they’ll be able to do that but we do think Australia will frustrate Les Bleus for long spells.
France are worthy favourites but rather than backing them to win at odds on, under 2.5 goals looks a better betting option at $2.00 with Bet365.
Another tempting option from a disciplined display by the Socceroos is betting on the game’s first goal being scored after 27 minutes at $2.00 with Palmerbet.
Socceroos to Stay in the Game Until the End
The quality in the France squad makes it highly likely that they will work out a way to get through the Socceroos’ defence at some stage. However, we don’t think van Marwijk’s men are going to be rolled over.
Far from it, the Socceroos have plenty of hard working battlers in their ranks who will leave everything on the pitch in Kazan. Moreover, they’ve shown an ability to score goals both in their recent friendlies and at last year’s Confederations Cup.
Therefore, it may well be worth betting on the Australia +2 goals selection at $2.10 in bookmaker.com.au’s handicap market.
Can Giroud Make the Difference Off the Bench Once Again?
During his time in English football, Olivier Giroud has developed a reputation as a striker who can change the outcome of a game from the bench. The Frenchman has shown himself to be a dangerous weapon when held in reserve for both Arsenal and Chelsea and is likely to be cast in that role for France.
Deschamps is a big fan of Giroud and will surely introduce him from the bench if things are not going to plan for France. That move could swing the game away from Australia so back Giroud to score the game’s first goal at $4.00 with William Hill.
France v Australia Top Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at $2.00 with Bet365
First goal to be scored after 27 minutes at $2.00 with Palmerbet
Australia +2 goals at $2.10 with bookmaker.com.au
Olivier Giroud to score first at $4.00 with William Hill