Les Bleus are one of the most entertaining soccer teams in the World having a strong, competitive squad with huge potential, amazing attacking firepower and a solid midfield, with skillful players looking to claim their second ever World Cup trophy.
They finished 1st in their European qualifiers Group A and they will be motivated and eager to win the trophy after losing the Euro 2016 finals 0-1 to Portugal. France are huge favorites to win WC Group C is priced at -303 on the books offering the best World Cup odds but they will face Denmark for the 3rd time in the group stage fighting with them for the top spot.
1998 World Cup winners France coach, Didier Deschamps, acknowledges Les Blues were very lucky to be handed an apparently easy group, on paper at least, avoiding big names and having big chances to make it deep in the tournament. Deschamps turned France into an offensive side, very organized all around but has yet to deliver a trophy as a coach since taking charge in 2012. Preparing for the final tournament, Le Bleus will play five friendly matches facing Colombia at the Stade de France on March 23rd and traveling to play the host nation Russia on March 27th. Two weeks before the big event they will meet Italy in Nice on June 1st and the USMNT on June 9th as a final rehearsal.Key Players:
Deschamps says that his side are still not at the same level with the 3 major soccer forces in the World (Germany, Spain and Brazil) but his players will definitely give 100% on the field and hope to win the trophy. Deschamps is facing a very tough challenge in picking up the 23-players roster as he is looking to combine maturity and experience with talent, speed and energy.
- Goalkeeper – Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is one of the most talented goalkeepers in the Premier League with a lot of experience, playing 35 games this season so far in all competitions, keeping 14 clean sheets and helping his side qualify in the Champions League knock-out stages from the 1st place, conceding just 4 goals in 6 matches.
- Defender – Despite having a poor season in La Liga with Real Madrid, Raphael Varane is France most important defender as Manchester City’s full-back Benjamin Mendy is still recovering from a knee ligament injury. Les Bleus are hopeful that he will resume full training in March and be 100% fit for the World Cup.
- Midfielder – Deschamps needs to choose wisely as he has at his disposal an amazing list with incredible players, a great mix between experienced players and skillful youngsters (Man United’s Paul Pogba, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, Marseille’s Dimitri Payet, Juventus’s Blaise Matudi or PSG’s Adrien Rabiot).
- Striker – Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is one of the best strikers in Europe with a great career in Spain. This season is probably his last one with Atletico Madrid as Barcelona and Manchester United are trying to get him signed next summer.
Player to watch: Kylian Mbappe-Lottin
PSG’s youngster showed great skills last season when he was playing for AS Monaco and all the European giants tried to sign him. He made a good choice signing with the French leaders PSG as he knew how important is to have a good season and be on Deschamps’s World Cup list. His brilliant technique and great speed will surely help the Bleus in the tournament. Despite scoring just 1 goal for his national team in the European qualifiers he will be one of the players to watch and bet on.
World Cup Schedule
June 16th vs. Australia
June 21st vs. Peru
June 26th vs. Denmark
To win the tournament at +550 with Ladbrokes
To reach the final at +250 with Paddy Power
GROUP C Winners at -303 with Coral
Antoine Griezmann – Top Goalscorer +1400 with WilliamHill
France have a very tough quarter and if they make it in the knock-out stages they will play against Argentina or Croatia.
Top Pick: Griezmann to be France top goalscorer at +100 with William Hill