WorldCupAcca Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: A. Areola, H. Lloris, S. Mandanda
Defence: L. Hernandez, P. Kimpembe, B. Pavard. B. Mendy, D. Sidibe, A. Rami, S. Umtiti, R.Varane
Midfield: B. Matuidi, N. Kante, S. N’Zonzi, P. Pogba, C. Tolisso
Forwards: O. Giroud, A. Griezmann, K. Mbappe, T. Lemar, N. Fekir, F. Thauvin, O. Dembele
After coming close in the Euros Les Bleus will be looking to go one step further this time round and should be contenders.
Having made the Finals 14 times, Frances only win came in the 1998 final as hosts, though they have finished runners-up on 2 other occasions and made the semi-final 5 times.
Topping their qualifying group against the likes of Netherlands, Sweden and Bulgaria – France only managed to score 18 goals, 8 less than 2nd placed Sweden. Recent results have been decent but nothing really spectacular. Close wins against England and Wales and a draw with Germany was followed with a defeat to Colombia and then another win against Russia.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Whilst Hugo Lloris is obviously going to be first choice in Russia, Areola and Mandanda are both good back-ups to the France captain, though they’re all keepers who seem to have an error in them from time to time.
Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane will be at the heart of defence, which should be one of the best partnerships about, Djibril Sidibe is equally adept at either right back or left back but will likely be deputised on the right hand side with the left covered from either Lucas Hernandez or Benjamin Mendy if the latter is 100% fit to start.
France will either line up with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, I’d say only Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Antoine Griezmann are the nailed on starters regardless of the formation used but you can take your pick of anyone else and it’s a strong team, Olivier Giroud is generally favoured up front with Griezmann as a number 10. Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele could be big players this summer both are quick and direct and can create something out of nothing, whether both will be starters may depend on whatever formation Deschamps settles on.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
While I think France will win their group they face a couple of potential banana skins here, Peru have qualified for the first time since 1982, and their captain and all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero has had his 14-month ban suspended, leaving him free to play this summer..
Guerrero may not be 100% after injury and his initial ban, even if he doesn’t start, he may not actually missed all that much.He missed the end of their qualifying campaign, Peru managed to finish just ahead of Chile and then beat New Zealand in the play-offs, in their last few friendlies they have beaten Croatia 2-0, Iceland 3-1 and Scotland 2-0.
Denmark are a very decent teams boasting such players like Viktor Fischer, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andreas Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel and of course Nicklas Bendtner Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen bagged a hat-trick in the play-offs against Ireland to get his country to the final and the Spurs man will be the most important player for the Danes here. They also have a very promising young player in Ajax’s 20 year old Kasper Dolberg though I wouldn’t expect him to be starting for them.
Australia made a bit of a meal in qualifying finishing 3rd in their group. Japan won it by a point and Saudi Arabia finished ahead of the Aussies on goal difference, this was followed up by just getting past Syria with a 3-2 aggregate victory before finally beating Honduras 3-1.
The Aussies have played in 13 matches at the World Cup previously, winning just twice; against Japan in 2006 and Serbia in 2010 but they have lost 8 of their other fixtures and on average concede 2 goals per game.
WorldCupAcca Betting Tips:
World Cup Group C Fixtures / Results
|Kazan Arena, Kazan – June 16, 2018 1:00 pm|
|Mordovia Arena, Saransk – June 16, 2018 7:00 pm|
|Cosmos Arena, Samara – June 21, 2018 4:00 pm|
|Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg – June 21, 2018 8:00 pm|
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
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