Updated: Nov 14, 2022
The French national team has some of the biggest superstars in world football and is sure to be one of the most exciting teams in the competition with a real chance of lifting the trophy.
As champions last time out, they will be looking to retain the title, joining Italy and Brazil as the only countries to have won consecutive World Cups.
France enjoyed a fairly straightforward trajectory in qualifying, topping their group without losing a single game, yet only scoring 18 goals in the process.
Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé were standout performers, scoring six and five goals each. In 2018, Mbappé became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele, and since then has gone on to take the world of football by storm.
However, he struggled at the European Championship in 2021, missing a decisive penalty in the shootout against Switzerland.
He will want to put the record straight and guide France to a third World Cup triumph.
France Team Odds To Win World Cup
As the reigning champions, France are right up there as one of the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup priced at 11/2 (+550), behind only Brazil at 4/1 (+400).
Retaining the title has proved to be a significant challenge for every team that has previously won it.
However, this France team certainly has the talent and personnel to go all the way and make the dream a reality.
France will make up Group D with Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia.
In a group that should be relatively straightforward for them, they are the red-hot favourites to win the pool at 2/5 (-250).
However, Denmark looked strong in qualifying, winning nine out of their 10 games, and could mount a significant challenge.
Nevertheless, it would be a massive shock if France were not to top the group and proceed to the round of 16 with their current odds of 1/16 (-1600).
The French are 4/9 (-225) to reach the quarter-finals, while they are just 5/4 (+125) – original odds: 6/4 (+150) – to make it to the semi-finals.
Didier Deschamps’ side are the current second-favourites at 11/4 (+275) – original odds: 3/1 (+300) – to reach their fourth final in the competition.
Despite winning in 2018 and reaching the final in 2006, France has had mixed success in recent years, going out at the group stage in 2010 and the quarter-finals in 2014.
However, with a squad littered with stars in all positions, another final must be the aim.
How To Bet On French Team In Qatar
As France approach this winter’s World Cup, you may have some bets in mind to put on Les Bleus through the tournament.
Football being football, there is an array of various betting markets to wager on. It’s therefore important to be wise and pick the right bets at the right moments during France’s matches.
Before parting with any money, it’s vital you are aware of how each betting market functions to ensure you have the greatest chance of winning a bet.
Below is a list of the more common types of bets you may choose to wager on when betting on France at the World Cup come November and December.
Player Prop Bets
During a France match, you may decide you want to place a bet on Kylian Mbappé specifically.
This is a player prop bet, which is bets around a player’s performance during a game.
You could therefore look to bet on Mbappé to find the back of the net during the game or to bag a hat-trick, among other bets.
Team Prop Bets
During a France match, you may decide you want to place a bet on Les Bleus specifically.
This is a team prop bet, which is bets around a team’s performance during a game, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean the result of the game.
You could look to bet on France to score first in the game or to keep a clean sheet.
Another type of bet to be aware of is the Asian handicap bet.
This market ensures the odds are brought closer together by offering a handicap to one of the teams playing while also removing the eventuality of a draw.
Effectively, one of the nations is leading by a number of goals before the match has kicked off.
France will be the favourites when they take on Denmark in Qatar.
The handicap for this match could be one and a half goals, with France on -1.5 goals and Denmark on +1.5 goals.
With the handicap applied, whichever side scores the most goals is the winner. You can bet on France to win with a -1.5 goal handicap or Denmark to win with a +1.5 goal handicap.
If you bet on France to win with the handicap and they only beat Denmark 3-2, you would lose the wager.
During a France game against Tunisia at the World Cup, you may think there to be a lot of goals and want to place a bet around that.
Goal lines bets allow you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a game. During France against Tunisia, you could therefore place a bet on over 4.5 goals being scored in total.
During a France game against Tunisia in Qatar, a bookmaker may predict there to be a total of five goals scored during the game.
A totals bet would then enable you to bet over or under on the number of goals predicted by the bookmaker.
You are betting on whether you believe there will be more or fewer goals scored than the bookmaker’s estimated tally.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On France
Before you can bet on Kylian Mbappé to score in the first half against Tunisia or a similar bet, you first need to open an account with an online bookmaker.
Once you have found a bookmaker with odds or a special offer that has enticed you, you then need to register an account.
You can then add the bet you are looking to wager on to your online betting slip before placing it.
Here are five steps to do just that:
- Choose and select your chosen odds before adding to your betting slip, which appears on the screen.
- Choose how much money you wish to place by typing the figure in the appropriate box.
- Deposit the relevant amount of money into your account before finalising the bet.
- You are now ready to select the ‘place bet’ button. Your on-screen betting slip will then provide confirmation.
- You might be offered ‘cash out’ options before the end of the game so keep an eye on your betting slip.
France Team Overview For Qatar
As one of the most exciting teams in the competition with a squad full of talent, France is right up there with the favourites to win the title.
With a combination of valuable experience and youthful energy, any team will do well to stop them.
Although they did not live up to expectations at Euro 2020, they will be looking to amend these shortcomings.
If they can find form in the competition, manage the egos of their superstars and replicate their performances of 2018, they will prove to be a formidable force.
Key Football Players
Les Bleus (The Blues) are blessed with global superstars in every position and will provide a mighty challenge to every team they face in the competition.
Karim Benzema’s return to the squad in 2020 provided a significant boost to their already supercharged attacking force of the likes of Griezmann and Mbappé.
France is spoilt for choice for attacking options. In Benzema’s absence, Olivier Giroud was a worthy replacement leading the line.
He has amassed 49 goals for his country, only two behind Thierry Henry’s all-time record.
However, he will now likely have to play second fiddle to Benzema, who had an incredible season in 2021/22.
He led Real Madrid to a La Liga title and Champions League final last season, scoring a remarkable 44 goals for the Spanish giants, before winning the Ballon d’Or.
Mbappé and Griezmann have been an ever-present part of France’s front line for several years and will once again look to be the inspiration in Qatar.
Together the pair scored 11 of France’s 18 goals in qualifying.
Like their attack, France’s midfield has an abundance of talent, with Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga just two of a plethora of options in the middle of the park.
With Tchouameni’s techniqueand Camavinga’s physicality, they look like a perfect partnership in the French midfield.
Meanwhile, Raphael Varane remains one of the most accomplished and experienced centre-backs in world football.
Along with fellow Frenchman Benzema, he was integral to Real Madrid’s numerous Champions League successes in the past decade and will bring heaps of competitive experience to the backline for France.
PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe will be his most likely centre-back partner.
However, the young talent Dayot Upamecano, who has had a stellar season for Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga, will certainly be in contention.
France have been struck down by a number of injuries to several of their first-team players.
Midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines after being unable to shrug off injuries sustained towards the backend of summer.
Center-back Raphael Varane picked up an injury in Manchester United’s recent fixture against Chelsea, but is expected to feature in parts if he can sustain his match fitness.
Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Jules Kounde and Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni will likely be fit after both picking up recent knocks, although their tournament opener against Australia may come too soon.
Coaching & Technical Staff
France manager Didier Deschamps has seen success with France on the touchline and as a player, winning the World Cup in both roles.
He was part of the team that won the first-ever World Cup for France in 1998. In 2018, he led France to their second World Cup triumph as their manager.
Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer are the only other men to have ever won the competition as both players and managers.
Didier Deschamps is joined by his assistant Guy Stéphan, who was previously the manager of Lyon and the Senegal national team.
He was also assistant manager to Deschamps at Marseille before they both made the move to managing the French national team in 2012.
Elsewhere in the team, Franck Raviot is the goalkeeping coach and Cyril Moine is the fitness coach. Together they will hope that they will be able to guide France to a third World Cup win.
France Team Road To Qatar
France enjoyed a relatively straightforward route to the World Cup finals. With five wins and three draws, they came top of Group D by six points.
They started off the campaign with an uninspiring 1-1 draw against Ukraine, only managing three shots on target out of 18 total attempts.
They bounced back with wins against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina before heading to the European Championship.
On returning from the Euros, they faced Bosnia in the return fixture. Coming off the back of a disappointing Euros campaign, they seemed lackluster in their approach.
France conceded first but was eventually able to find the equaliser and grind out another 1-1 draw.
Yet another 1-1 draw against Ukraine meant France had only picked up nine points from a possible 15 in qualifiers.
This was cause for concern in a group that France was supposed to dominate.
However, they went on to win their last three games comfortably, scoring 12 goals without conceding, and qualifying with a game to spare.
Frances’s World Cup History
France has won the World Cup twice and is one of only six countries to have won the competition more than once.
Their first success came in 1998 in their first-ever final, beating the holders at the time, Brazil, 3-0. They qualified for the final again eight years later, this time losing to Italy on penalties.
This was a final full of drama and controversy, with France legend Zinedine Zidane being at the centre of it all.
He scored a now infamous penalty kick which he chipped down the centre of the goal.
The ball glanced off the crossbar and only narrowly crossed the goal line, sparking debate as to whether it even went in.
But the French midfielder was not done there. Deep into the extra time he head-butted Italian player Marco Materazzi and was subsequently sent off for violent conduct.
In 2018 final, France finished the job inside 90 minutes, beating Croatia 4-2.
With goals from Pogba, Griezmann, and a then 19-year-old Mbappé, it was a convincing performance in the most high-pressure situation.
Since then, their squad has remained relatively unchanged, and so the players will be able to draw on this experience to try to add another trophy to their cabinet.
The French fans are as passionate and energetic as any others, waving the tricolore and donning face paint of red, white, and blue.
La Marseillaise is sung at the beginning of every game as if the spectators are preparing for battle.
In Qatar, even a small number of French fans in a stadium could have the potential to turn the atmosphere in their favour, providing a welcome boost for the players.