Women’s FIFA World Cup
Australia vs France 8/12/2023. 2023 Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia face their toughest test yet as they take on fifth-ranked France in Brisbane on Saturday. A combination of timely goal-scoring and stout defensive structure has carried the Matildas to the quarterfinals of this year’s competition, having knocked out seventh-ranked Canada and 13th-ranked Denmark along the way, but they have yet to face a team of expansive talent like Les Bleus.
France was stifled at times through the early portion of the group stage, grinding to a 0-0 draw with Jamaica and needing an 83rd-minute winner to top Brazil 2-1, but they exploded for a 6-3 win against Panama and trounced Morocco 4-0 in the Round of 16, proving their capabilities on both ends.
Australia topped France 1-0 in a Women’s World Cup warmup friendly last month but will need their absolute best to repeat that result. The health of star forward Sam Kerr remains a concern after she managed just 10 minutes off the bench last time out.
Australia vs France Game Information
Match Day: Saturday, August 12, 2023
Match Time: 3:00 AM ET
Venue: Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia
TV Channel: FOX US
Australia Betting Trends
- Australia hasn’t yet entered a game in this competition as the underdog.
- France is now in 16th position after giving up four goals in four games, whereas Australia is sixth in the Women’s World Cup after scoring nine goals in four games.
- Australia is ranked ninth in the Women’s World Cup with a goal difference of +6.
- Despite being outshot 13 to 10, Australia beat Denmark 2-0 in their most recent match.
Australia’s Key Players
- In four Women’s World Cup games, Caitlin Foord has produced one goal and two assists, helping Australia’s performance.
- Hayley Raso scored three goals in Australia’s four games but did not record any assists.
- Steph Catley, who represented Australia in four games during the Women’s World Cup, scored twice without recording an assist, placing her 14th overall.
- Emily van Egmond has aided Australia’s World Cup campaign with one goal and one assist in four games.
France Betting Trends
- At the Women’s World Cup, France ranks third in goals scored (12 total, three per game), while Australia ranked 10th in goals conceded (three overall, 0.8 per game).
- With 12 goals scored and 4 conceded, France has the seventh-best goal differential in the Women’s World Cup.
- In order to win, France trounced Morocco 4-0 on August 8. The victorious France side tried 14 shots during the game, compared to just one for the opposing squad.
France’s Key Players
- Kadidiatou Diani has four goals and three assists in the Women’s World Cup games.
- Eugenie Le Sommer has three goals in four Women’s World Cup games.
- Vicki Becho has four Women’s World Cup games with one goal and one assist.
- In World Cup play, Selma Bacha has two assists (but no goals).
Odds/Point Spread: France +115, Australia +254 Total Odds: 2.5
The Australians did a fantastic job getting to this point, and while they should be able to hold their own against France for a while, they will find it difficult to go the entire 90 minutes against one of the most dominant offensive sides in the world.
It might be risky to wager against the home team, but Australia has peaked. They could pull off an upset in this game, but it doesn’t feel like they have what it takes to get to the championship. Even if the Matildas lose in this match, this tournament has been a fantastic showcase for them and will serve as a terrific launching pad for their future growth. Australia certainly has to go under the total if it wants to pull off the surprise. The Aussies should come via the under, as a shootout with France is a slim path to victory. But the under provides very little value here, with Australia shutting out three of their four rivals.
Australia vs France Betting Trends
Australia vs France: Kadidiatou Diani, a 28-year-old winger for PSG who has been outstanding this tournament, is the mastermind behind France’s ferocious assault. The beautiful thing about Diani is that she doesn’t require a lot of volume to give her teammates opportunities in front of the goal.
Diani produced three chances on only 14 completed passes against Brazil in the group stage, a fantastic output from such little time on the ball. Diani only completed 67 percent of her passes while playing for PSG, but she still provided roughly 0.91 xG+xA per 90 minutes, ranking her in the 99th percentile among wingers and the 94th percentile among forwards. She has four goals in her past two games, including a hat-trick against Panama, making her a danger in front of goal. No matter what, this double wager is beneficial.
Free Pick and Prediction: France will win 2-1.