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France World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

6:46 PM IST 12/06/18
Kylian Mbappe Paul Pogba France
Didier Deschamps' men made a reasonable account of themselves four years ago in Brazil but will be hoping to go better than the quarter-finals here

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.

Tournament History

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
  Raphael Varane    

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
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)