No nation has won consecutive World Cup titles since Brazil in 1958 and 1962. France is looking to accomplish the same feat, 60 years later. The European nation will begin its 2022 World Cup journey against a distant rival, Australia.
The Aussies haven’t had nearly the same amount of World Cup success as their opening match opponent, having advanced out of group play just once in 2006 before losing in the Round of 16. France and Australia were placed in Group D, alongside Denmark and Tunisia. Two teams will emerge from this group into the knockout stage, with France and Denmark entering as the favorites.
One superstar player stands out for these two teams: France’s Kylian Mbappé. The 23-year-old forward emerged on the global scene at the 2018 World Cup, when the then-19-year-old became just the second teenager to ever score in a World Cup Final. Now with a little more experience, Mbappé should be even better in Qatar.
Australia will go as far as their goalkeeper Mathew Ryan can carry them. Ryan, 30, has played for Arsenal and Real Sociedad before joining Copenhagen this past summer. He is the second most capped goalkeeper in Australian history.
Australia sealed their World Cup participation last June when they beat Peru in the World Cup Qualifier play-off while France secured their participation after winning their group in the European qualifiers.
On paper and in fact, France is the absolute favorite to take the initial 3 points in Group D and start their World Cup defense. Deschamps has an amazing squad, with great depth and the possibility to change the game with just one sub. Their midfield is young and play at top level in European football, so a win for “Les Bleus” by a big difference is more than expected for Matchday 1 in Group D
France vs Australia Game Information
- Date: 11/22/2022
- Time: 02:00 PM ET
- Location: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wukair, Qatar
- How to Watch France vs Australia: nbc
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
France vs Australia Betting Lines
France is –400 according to our Vegas World Cup Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $25. On the other side, Australia is +1100 according to the Vegas World Cup Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $1.100.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has France at a 80% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Australia has 8.33% probability of finishing the game
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