France World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

France

After the disappointment of losing in the final of the 2016 European Championships, France will launch their assault on the 2018 World Cup. France are blessed with a tremendously deep and talented squad. Will it be enough to get them their second World Cup title?

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)

 

France Group Stage

France so nearly completed the job on home soil two years ago at Euro 2016 but were denied somehow in the final by Portugal. They have moved on and they still look as dynamic, composed and richly talented. They will be chomping at the bit to get stuck into their group stage campaign at the World Cup too because they have gotten themselves a really nice draw and there should be three points on offer for them against Australia in their opener on June 16th so Les Bleus can confidently get up and running.

They get to take on Peru in their second group stage match and while the South Americans can put up stubborn resistance, they are a far better home side than they are out on the road and will probably struggle to live with the class that France will be able to throw at them. So France could be well on their way to winning the group but they face off against Denmark in an all-European match to round off the group stage with.

The Danes could be a potential banana skin for France, especially if they are in a comfortable position and are ready to make changes for matchday three. But still, it would be hard to see them producing anything worse than a draw against the Danes. France are 8/13 odds-on favourites at Bet365 to win* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) that duel with Denmark on June 26th. The huge positive for France is that they have a deep squad and can afford to rotate if needed to get through this. They should win the group.

France Stage of Elimination Odds

After their good run in the European Championships, France will be expected to push on and get close to winning the World Cup title this year. For sure they look as if they will be comfortable enough in the group stage but there could be a tricky test for them in the round of sixteen as they could face Argentina or Croatia (or even Iceland!). A game against either of those would be a tough thing to come through, but you will still probably back France against either.

With a manageable quarter-final against potentially Uruguay or Portugal, France won’t really have to much to fear and they are 7/2 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) to go home in the final four. But if you do look at the bigger picture of things, they may actually end up with one of the tougher runs to the semi-final of all the big guns in the field.

World Cup Record

France are former World Cup winners as they tasted success the sweetest possible way, on home soil in 1988 against Brazil in the final. That’s the way to win a World Cup! Other notable performances that the French have produced at the World Cup are third-place finishes in 1958 and in 1986, plus finishing as runners-up at Germany 2006. They also finished fourth in 1982.

So tally that up that is five final four finishes from their fourteen previous appearances in the World Cup. Better still they have finished in the top four in four of their last seven appearances. That’s a pretty solid return from them and they will be back looking to do better than their quarter-final exit four years ago in Brazil. The French hold a W23 D12 L19 record in their World Cup history.

France Prediction

We have France projected right through to the semi-finals and that is where they go home, potentially to Spain. They ooze quality right through the squad but you just wonder if they will keep everyone in form and settled enough to go all of the way. It is just a little easier to see France having a moody off day than any of the other big contenders. A final four finish and they can leave with their heads held high.

 



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