France vs Australia
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group C
Date: Saturday, 16th June 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 GMT +2
Venue: Kazan Arena (Kazan).
France are favorites to beat Australia in the Group C opener of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
France has dropped their heads a couple of times in the recent friendlies, the 1-1 draw against USA and a 2-3 loss to Colombia after leading by 2 goals expose the vulnerabilities of this team.
On the other hand, Australia made it to the World Cups for the fourth time on the row, but they had a turbulent qualifying campaign in Asian zone where serious competition is far and few. They had to go through the play-offs and become the 31st team to book their tickets to Russia.
Bert van Marwijk soon replaced Ange Postecoglou as the head-coach and Dutch man steadied the ship somewhat. A goal-less draw against Colombia followed by the 4-0 thrashing of Czech Republic and 2-1 win against Hungary are morale boosting results ahead of the major show down.
The teams met three time so far and France are unbeaten with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Their last meeting was in 2013 in a friendly and the Les Bleus run rout with a 6-0 win. Olivier Giroud scored two in that comfortable win.