Betting round-up: France heavy favourites to beat Socceroos

The bookies are backing Didier Deschamps' side to make short work of Australia in Paris this weekend, but Paul Gough has found some options for those feeling patriotic

France may be struggling to even qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but the out-of-form Les Bleus are set to start Friday night's international friendly against Australia in Paris as the hottest of favourites.

The bookmakers clearly have not forgotten Australia's 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Brazil in their last friendly just over a month ago - a result which triggered renewed speculation about the future of manager Holger Osieck.

This is despite the fact the German has already safely guided the Socceroos to their third successive World Cup appearance - in Brazil next year - with speculation already mounting that Australia's 2006 World Cup manager in the legendary Dutchman Guus Hiddink could return to lead the Socceroos to Brazil next year.

The Socceroos are winless in four matches since qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney in mid-June and have been installed as the $10 outsiders - out from their opening quote of $8.50 ‑ to beat France in a game that will kick-off on Saturday morning [DST].

France, in contrast, have firmed from $1.33 into $1.30 while even a draw has been priced at big odds of $5 at bet365.

However the 1998 World Cup winners and Euro 2000 champions are struggling themselves and have won just five of their past 17 matches since the start of Euro 2012.

A recent run of just one win in their past six matches has left France almost certainly needing to go through the European play-offs if they are to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Spain leads their group with 14 points from six matches, with France trailing on goal difference, but Spain have two qualifiers left to play while France only have one - with only the top side in the group to qualify automatically.

Now managed by 1998 World Cup winning captain and former Chelsea, Juventus and Marseille star Didier Deschamps - France are ranked a distant 25 by FIFA but still some 28 places higher than the Socceroos.

And with Tottenham's Hugo Lloris in goal, a midfield led by Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Manchester City's Samir Nasri and with players of the quality of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in attack - it seems inconceivable that France could either fail to beat the Socceroos or miss out on the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Australia will rest their long-time first choice keeper Mark Schwarzer from this clash - allowing Dortmund young gun Mitch Langerak to make a long overdue first start in goal for the Socceroos - but he is considered unlikely to keep a clean sheet.

France to win 2-0 is the favoured options in correct score betting at $5.50 at bet365 while the home side is priced at $7 to win 3-0 and $10 to win 2-1.

A 1-1 draw is paying $10 while Australia are quoted at $21 to pull off a 1-0 win, $29 to win 2-1 and $51 to win 2-0.


Back France to beat Australia

Go for the draw-France half-time/full-time double at odds of $3.60 at bet365 and go for France to win 2-1 at odds of $10 in correct score betting

However if there is one area France are vulnerable it's down back and the Aussies, through the in-form Robbie Kruse or veterans Tim Cahill and Josh Kennedy are capable of scoring ‑ with Kruse worth a small bet at odds of $8.50 at bet365 to score at any stage of the match.

If you want to back the Socceroos to win then do it through the draw no bet market at the lesser odds of $8 but where punters at least get their money back if the game ends in a draw.

The Socceroos are also capable of holding France for at least a half and will no doubt be fired up to make amends for their dreadful performance in Brazil.

So the draw-France half-time/full-time combination could also be worth a bet at odds of $3.50 at bet365.

*Note prices subject to change

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