France, the 1998 World Cup winners, have disappointed the supporters in past two decades as they failed to claim any major glory despite having a renowned set of names every time.
Les Bleus hosted the UEFA Euro 2016 recently but suffered a heartbreak when Portugal’s substitute centre-forward Eder scored in the second-half of extra time to earn a dramatic title triumph for his nation. France, however, are even stronger this term and one of the favorites to win the silverware. They will start their journey on Saturday afternoon versus Australia who progressed through playoffs and will have an uphill task of causing an upset. They are sharing their group with Denmark and Peru as well, therefore, will rely on the other outcomes to make it to the knockouts alongside favorites France.
France vs Australia Injuries:
France have suffered several late injury scares during training sessions. Young sensation Kylain Mbappe suffered an ankle knock whereas defensive duo Djibril Sidibe and Samuel Umtiti are major doubts as well and will go through late fitness tests before team selection. Mbappe, meanwhile, declared his fitness via social network stating he is ready to be lined up against Australia for the weekend tie.
Je vais bien, c’est juste un coup donc ce n’est pas grave mais merci pour vos messages 😜
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 12, 2018
France vs Australia Probable Lineups:
Stadium: Kazan Arena
France vs Australia Last Meeting:
These two sides encountered each other back in 2013 for the last time before Saturday’s tie and the friendly fixture at Parc des Princes ended in a massive 6-0 victory for Les Bleus. Olivier Giroud scored twice whereas Franck Ribery, Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye and Karim Benzema scored once each to showcase their supremacy.
France vs Australia Head-to-Head Stats:
France Win: 2
Australia Win: 1
France vs Australia Key Players:
France are having a plethora of superstars, however, their boss Didier Deschamps will rely on Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba to make difference throughout the competition.
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk, the Dutchman who guided the Netherlands to clinch a runners-up place in World Cup 2010, has selected iconic Tim Cahill in his World Cup squad. The likes of Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic will be crucial in midfield battle whereas Brighton and Hove Albion custodian Matt Ryan will protect the goal. Daniel Arzani, the 19-year-old Melbourne City sensation, has also been shortlisted for this greatest footballing event making him the youngest player to take part in this edition of the tournament.
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France vs Australia Live Streaming:
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