France vs Australia: World Cup 2022 prediction, kick off time today, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds

France vs Australia: World Cup 2022 prediction, kick off time today, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds

Reigning world champions France this evening begin the defence of their World Cup title against Australia.

Much like in 2018, it is the Socceroos who lie in wait in their first game, although so much has changed since that meeting four years ago.

Through a mix of injury and age, Didier Deschamps’ squad look in a much more difficult position now and, while still loaded with talent, also have the dreaded curse of World Cup winners going out in the following group stage to contend with.

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On paper, this is still a very strong France team but there’s little doubt the excitement about it has waned of late, particularly after Ballon d’Or winner Benzema was ruled out of the entire tournament with a thigh injury suffered in training.

Australia, meanwhile, have been tipped for a run to the quarter-finals by their manager and did run France close four years ago.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

Date, kick-off time and venue

The World Cup group stage game is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off time today, Tuesday November 22, 2022.

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah will host.

Where to watch France vs Australia

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BBC One.

Live stream: The BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website (both free with a subscription) will offer a live stream service.

LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

France vs Australia lineups and team news

France XI: Lloris; Pavard, Konate, Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Australia XI: Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, McGree, Irvine, Leckie, Duke, Goodwin

France vs Australia prediction

Given the quality on display, it would seem foolish to argue against the French.

Still, such is the negative feeling in which they’ve come into the tournament, it would not be much of a surprise to see them struggle.

1-1 draw.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

France wins: 3

Draws: 1

Australia wins: 1

France vs Australia latest odds

France to win: 2/9

Odds: 5/1

Australia to win: 10/1