Not since 1986 have France managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup in consecutive tournaments.
However, with a relatively straightforward group stage consisting of Peru, Australia and Denmark, Les Bleus will be confident of breaking that hoodoo.
2018 World Cup Qualification
France got off to a stuttering start with a 0-0 draw away at Belarus in their opening Group A game, although they found their feet instantly after that with won four wins in a row.
Three wins from their last four ensured they finished top of the group, although a goalless draw by Luxembourg at home in that span will perhaps make punters wary of backing them to go all the way.
Didier Deschamps’ men found the net just 18 times in qualifying, the second-fewest of any UEFA group winner, and the six goals they conceded was only the fifth-best record of the nine group winners.
France’s polarising form in recent editions of the World Cup have been something to behold.
In 1998, they won their maiden trophy on their own patch, but infamously did not even score a goal in 2002 and then lost the final in 2006 following Zinedine Zidane’s famous headbutt.
Another poor showing four years later meant they crashed out in the group stage in South Africa after claiming just a single point, with a quarter-final loss to Germany last time out ending their dreams of glory.
2018 World Cup Squad
|Alphonse Areola||Lucas Hernandez||N'Golo Kante||Ousmane Dembele|
|Hugo Lloris||Presnel Kipembe||Blaise Matuidi||Nabil Fekir|
|Steve Mandanda||Benjamin Mendy||Steven Nzonzi||Olivier Giroud|
|Benjamin Pavard||Paul Pogba||Antoine Griezmann|
|Adil Rami||Corentin Tolisso||Thomas Lemar|
|Djibril Sidibe||Kylian Mbappe|
|Samuel Umtiti||Florian Thauvin|
Latest World Cup odds
|To win the World Cup||13/2 (7.50)|
|To make the World Cup final||13/5 (3.60)|
|To win Group C||3/10 (1.30)|
|To qualify from Group C||1/33 (1.03)|
|To be the Top European team||15/4 (4.75)|