If there was any doubt that France was weakened by those big injuries, those doubts have been summarily laid to rest. The defending World Cup champions put on a clinic against Australia after conceding early in their first Group D matchup.
But as other groups such as Group C open up thanks to surprise results, this group seems to have settled as expected.
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No Karim Benzema, no problem for France. Missing several players, including the best player in the world last season, should be a recipe for disaster. But France didn’t even notice their absence, it seemed.
The French dominated play with 62 percent of the possession, six times more shots on target and a nice 4.0 xG against Australia. It was the kind of display you would have expected from France if they had Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Raphael Varane in the lineup.
They will go on to the Round of 16. Their odds sit at -8000, which represents implied odds of 98.77 percent.
For some reason, Denmark waited a long while before activating Christian Eriksen in the midfield. The Manchester United midfielder was exceptional in Sportsbook up opportunities with 0.3 xAG. Who knows how many more he could have created if they’d looked to him earlier?
The Danes need to get three points over Australia to have a hope in advancing to the Round of 16. There’s no reason to suggest they won’t.
They held 61 percent of the ball against Tunisia and had 1.4 xG on the day. That type of performance, and activating Eriksen earlier, should get three points.
Currently 30th in the world, Tunisia has lots of World Cup experience, having now qualified six different times, though they have never made it out of the group stage.
Tunisia managed to keep a clean sheet over Denmark for a massive point in the standings. Tunisia’s slow-it-down style doesn’t make for the most exciting football match, but it can be effective on occasion as the strategy severely limits the opposition’s chances for goals.
For holding only 39 percent of possession against Denmark, Tunisia still created 0.9 xG. They should have hit at least one. With that type of play against the Aussies, three points is possible. Tunisia is currently favored to beat Australia at +110. Four points in their Sportsbook two games could be enough to surprisingly put them into the Round of 16.
And at +200 you could make $200 on a winning $100 bet.