In a few hours, all soccer fans around will be glued to their TVs and cell phones to follow what’s happening at the Qatar World Cup. The third day of action will see France vs. Australia in a thrilling Group D duel.
This is nothing less than the debut of the last world champion, who will face a team that reached the competition after defeating Peru on penalties in the last play-off match to qualify for Qatar 2022. At JefeBet we tell you how both teams come into this match, probable line-ups, predictions and odds for this France vs Australia.
Predictions and Betting Preview for the France vs Australia World Cup Qatar 2022 Group Stage Match on November 22, 2022
- Where: Al-Janoub Stadium – Al-Wakrah, Qatar.
- When: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 03.00 PM E.T.
- Moneyline: France (-400) / Tie (+500) / Australia (+850).
- Asian Handicap: France (-2, +135) / Australia (+2, -165).
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (-150) / Under (+115).
- Both teams score: Yes (+130) / No (-170).
All odds shown are courtesy of DraftKings.
Injuries are a torment for the world champion team. At the beginning of the week, it became known that Presnel Kimbembe, the starting central defender, had not recovered sufficiently from an Achilles tendon injury, so his place will be taken by Axel Disasi.
In addition, Christopher Nkunku was injured during a weekly training session, after a collision in a dispute over the ball with Eduardo Camavinga. And during a training on November 17, Olivier Giroud, the Milan midfielder who suffered a knock and whose presence at the World Cup is now in doubt.
As if this were not enough, Karim Benzema, Real Madrid’s third all-time leading scorer and most recent Ballon d’Or winner, took part in just 15 minutes of training on Tuesday. Too many headaches for the head coach, Didier Deschamps, to decide the initial lineup.
Possible lineup (5-3-2): Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Jules Koundé, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema.
Australia reached the World Cup after eliminating Peru on penalties in the playoff match for the last ticket to Qatar 2022. They will be facing France once again, an opponent they struggled against in Russia 2018, but now Australia will be led by their star player, Ajdin Hrustic of Italy’s Hellas Verona.
So far this year, Australia has played 9 matches, with five wins, two draws and two defeats, and is ranked 38th in the FIFA Ranking. In the preview of the match, we may think that Australia doesn’t stand a chance against the reigning champions, but this is soccer, and anything can happen in a competition as short as the World Cup.
Possible lineup (4-1-4-1): Mathew Ryan, Nathaniel Atkinson, Bailey Wright, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Martin Boyle, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Craig Goodwin, Mathew Leckie.
France and Australia last met at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they also shared a group. On that occasion, the French team won 2 to 1, and based on how the two teams are going to Qatar 2022, at JefeBet we believe that France will repeat their victory over Australia.
Prediction: France wins 3-1.