France vs Australia: Predictions, tips & betting odds
France will hope the disappointment of losing Karim Benzema for the 2022 World Cup will not derail their campaign ahead of their opening game against Australia.
Didier Deschamps' plans have been unsettled by the late withdrawal of the Ballon d'Or holder but Les Bleus should have enough power to make it far without the striker.
France vs Australia latest odds
The reigning World Cup holders are the big favourites heading into their first game of the tournament and are offered at 2/7 (1.29) with bet365 to claim a win.
Australia for their part can be backed at 10/1 (11.00) with the draw offered at 9/2 (5.50).
France vs Australia first goal scorer odds
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has been in fine form this season, scoring 12 times in Ligue 1. He is the favourite to get the first goal of the game at 13/5 (3.60) while team-mate Olivier Giroud can be backed at 10/3 (4.33).
Australia forward Jamie Maclaren is their lowest-priced player to break the deadlock at 14/1 (15.00), while Mitchell Duke can be backed at 16/1 (17.00).
France vs Australia preview
France may be without Real Madrid hero and Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, but the Bleus have plenty of firepower throughout the team to help compensate for the loss.
Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann could all start in attack, while the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris could all start this game.
Didier Deschamps' team are the big favourites to get the three points, despite their disappointing form this year.
The reigning world champions looked weak in the UEFA Nations League earlier this year, having won just one of their six matches in the campaign.
Australia, on the other hand, did well in their most recent friendlies and in World Cup qualifying, having beaten Jordan, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand on two occasions in their latest games.
France vs Australia tips and predictions
These teams will be fired up to get off to a good start so this game could have plenty of goals. Over 2.5 goals is available at odds of 8/11 (1.73) and looks like an appealing bet.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.