There are high hopes for the French these days, as they embark on the road toward another World Cup. There was certainly no shame in being the runner-up in Euro Cup 2016, and they are led by the steady Didier Deschamps. They begin their journey against Australia on Saturday, and then they are set to take on Peru on June 21 and Denmark on June 26.
And it looks as if the player most people have their eyes on will be ready to go.
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2018 World Cup Betting Odds: France
France is currently priced at -305 to win Group C, -1110 to advance to the next round, and +695 to win it all, according to the latest World Cup betting odds that have been posted at VietBet.
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2018 World Cup Betting: CJ’s Take France:
France won the title back in 1998 and made it to the finals eight years later. They were respectably a quarter-finalist four years ago but lost a 1-0 decision to Germany, which of course eventually captured the crown. They exhibited some good defense in the qualifying stage, giving up just six goals in ten games, even though the competition was far from a walkover. And fans are pretty anxious to see what a couple of their youngsters are going to be able to do in their first World Cup competition.
Everybody is already familiar with the talents of Paul Pogba, a terrific playmaker, and Antoine Griezmann, who ran wild in Euro 2016, winning the award as top player in the tournament. And is someone as revered as Alex Ferguson has referred to N’Golo Kante as the top player in the Premier League, you can rest assured you’re looking at a “premier” (pardon the pun) talent.
But what are we going to see from the teenager, Kylian Mbappé, who everyone is raving about? After moving over from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 21 goals and added eleven assists – although his team, which also features Brazilian superstar Neymar, fell short of winning the Champions League.
Mbappe is a versatile talent, and will most likely find himself spending most of his time on the wing for the national team, and that’s just fine with him, as he played that role in club football this year.
Much is expected from Les Bleus in Moscow, and they can’t coast through Group C, with capable teams like Peru, Denmark and Australia to contend with. The presence of Mbappe is one of the principal reasons France is being given a chance to win it all.
Earlier in the week, during a practice session, Mbappe gave an entire nation a bit of a scare as he limped off the field with an ankle injury. But this is not thought to be an injury that will affect his play in the Saturday opener against Australia and moving forward.
As it turns out, he had collided with teammate Adil Rami and remained on the ground for a few minutes, but he took great pains to go on social media and assert that there was going to be no problem making post. He also wanted to make it clear to everyone that it wasn’t a dirty play by Rami.
As we mentioned, France can defend with the best of them, and that is what will make them a formidable foe moving forward – of course in the event they are able to get through to the Round of 16. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who campaigns for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, is one of the best in the world, so it looks as if Les Bleus will be able to hold tight on the backline and force the issue with a group of world-class offensive threats.
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