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Australia Enters Group C Opener as Massive Underdog vs France

When France meets Australia in the 2018 World Cup Group C opener on June 16, betting options will require a keen eye to find as Les Bleus enter as heavy favorites and this match should play out as the odds predict. The Socceroos will be in tough against a star-studded French XI looking to make a statement in their opener in Russia.

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SHARK BITES
  • Australia lost all of its group matches at World Cup 2014.
  • France was the runner-up at Euro 2016.
  • The total went OVER 2.5 goals in six of France’s 10 qualification games.

Bovada is currently offering France as the betting favorite in moneyline markets at -475 with the Aussies coming back as big dingos at +1500 and the draw sitting at +525. The total is sitting at 2.5 with OVER 2.5 priced at -105 and UNDER at -115.

Didier Deschamps has been at the helm for France since 2012 and has accumulated 46 wins along the way, most of any French football boss. His managerial skills will be crucial as he attempts to guide this youthful side to pay dirt in Russia. The Aussies should provide a great arena for the skipper to inspect his soldiers.

Although I believe Les Bleus will dominate this fixture, I’m fearful this young side may need a game or two to shake any nerves and may not be as composed around the goal as required, keeping the score line relatively close. The absence of Laurent Koscielny could give the ’Roos an opportunity to find some holes and make this interesting, but ultimately there is a massive valley between these two outfits in terms of talent.

Australia will likely play to prevent the French from running up the score as goal differential could prove the deciding factor in their chances of advancement. France will look to control possession and pick their spots.

The full three points would provide essential confidence to the French heading into their matches with tougher opponents in Peru and Denmark, and I have to believe they’ll be expecting no less. I’m going to take a bit of chalk here with a France to win both halves bet being offered at -155.

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