France fell short on home soil at the European Championships last summer but it would take a brave man to back against Didier Deschamps’ men at the 2018 World Cup. Les Bleus laboured to an embarrassing goalless draw against Luxembourg in their most recent clash but France are still in pole position to qualify for next year’s event in Russia.
That draw with Luxembourg was disappointing but it would be foolish to focus too much on that particular result. Without a doubt, that was an anomaly – France’s 4-0 victory over the Netherlands just four days earlier says much more about their World Cup credentials than a one-off result against one of international football’s smallest minnows.
You only need to look at the France squad to realise that Deschamps’ side deserves to be recognised as serious contenders. From the capable hands of Hugo Lloris in the French goal to the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Alexandre Lacazette up front, Les Bleus are blessed with one of the strongest national squads on the planet.
As of September 3, France are priced at around 6/1 to win the World Cup next summer – and you’d be hard pressed to find a national side capable of competing with Deschamps’ men on a player by player basis. Even the likes of Germany, Spain, and Argentina may fall short against France’s “Golden Generation” if the 1998 World Cup winners are lucky on the injury front.
Despite drawing with Luxembourg, France’s fate is still in their own hands. The Euro 2016 runners up are one point clear of Sweden and a further three points clear of Holland; neither side should cause Deschamps’ men too many issues. With a trip to Bulgaria and a home tie with Belarus still to come, France should be targeting maximum points - an outcome that would guarantee their spot in next summer’s competition.
Unsurprisingly, Les Bleus are still clear favourites to finish top of Group A but they cannot take anyone for granted. France were unfortunate against Luxembourg after missing a hatful of chances but, with the quality they possess, Deschamps’ side will bounce back with a dominant performance against Bulgaria.
In the build up to next summer’s World Cup, you will almost certainly see plenty of relevant betting tips by the Bookies Offers blog, including for the preceding friendlies and qualifiers, and France could feature prominently. The likes of Germany, Brazil, and Spain may head into the tournament above Les Bleus in betting markets but, in terms of talent, France are more than a match. It is time for Deschamps to earn his pay check; France cannot afford to fail.
France are a very talented unit and next summer’s World Cup in Russia could be the perfect opportunity for Didier Deschamps’ side to prove their worth. Yes, many of their stars are still very young but most are already well experienced at the top level of European football and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see France lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy in the near future.