France faces Australia in a first game from Group C
France faces Australia in a first game from Group C of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. The match is going to be played at the Kazan Arena in the city of Kazan. Here are our predictions football 1×2 for this game.
France are among the big favourites to win the World Cup. The manager Didier Deschamps have a very talanted squad, which is capable of winning the tournament. France’s team is filled with superstars and if they manage to show their best levels, they would be among the strongest teams in Russia this summer.
Just as it was expected, France didn’t have any problems to win their group during the World Cup qualifications. Les Blues finished first in Group A, being on 4 points ahead of the 2nd Sweden. France won 7 of their games, twice had a draw and suffered just only one loss – against the Swedish team.
After the qualifications ended, Les Blues participated in six friendly games. They won four of them (against Wales, Russia, Ireland and Italy), made one draw against the world champion Germany and suffered just one defeat – against Colombia.
On June 1 France played their last friendly game to date. They faced Italy in Nice and enjoyed a convincing 3-1 win. Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored the goals for the winning side. Although Italy are not in their best shape at the moment, this win was another proof of France’s spectacular class. After reaching the final of Euro 2016 two years ago, now the goal in front of the French team is only one – winning the world title.
France’s best performance at the World Cup came in 1998, when Les Blues won the title. In 2006 France reached the final of the World Cup for a second time in their history, but they suffered a heartbraking defeat after penalties against Italy.
During the last World Cup in Brazil France reached the 1/4-finals of the competition, but they suffered a defeat against the future champion Germany. Now – four years later, this French team looks more experienced and more ready than ever to climb the top of world football.
Australia will be the first opponent of France in the 2018 World Cup. Led by the Dutch tactician Bert van Marwijk, the Socceroos will participate in a World Cup for a fifth time in their history. Their best performance came in 2006, when led by the legendary Guus Hiddink, the Australians reached the 1/8-finals of the competition.
Australia didn’t qualify directly for the World Cup. The Socceroos had to play in the playoffs, facing Honduras. After a 3-1 win in Sydney, thanks to a hattrick from Mile Jedinak, a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula meant that Australia will play at the World Cup.
The most famous name in the Australian team is the veteran Tim Cahill. Already 38-years old, Cahill is getting ready for his last World Cup as a player. The former Everton star is arguably the greatest player in the history of Australian football. Finishing the last season in Millwall, Tim Cahill will be the man to inspire his younger teammates in the quest for glory in Russia. He has played 105 games for Australia in his career, scoring the remarkable 50 goals for the national team.
These are our predictions football 1×2 for the World Cup 2018 game between France and Australia. Of course, the French team is the big favourite here. Not just for the win, but for winning the group as well. The more realistic goal for the Australian team is to fight for the second place with Peru and Denmark.