Can England reclaim Cup glory or will France move one step closer to back-to-back World Cup titles? England take on France in the quarter-finals on December 10, 2022.
But where is the betting value? Read on to inform your World Cup 2022 predictions.
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England vs. France: odds
When: 20:00 (CET)
Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
England vs. France: team News
England fans will be pleased to see Raheem Sterling has returned to Qatar and has recommenced training following a break-in at his home in the UK.
Ben White is still out due to personal reasons and Declan Rice is expected to play following a slight scare when he missed training due to illness.
It’s unlikely that Didier Deschamps will consider disciplinary infringements when choosing his best 11 men, but both Aurélien Tchouaméni and Jules Koundé are sitting on yellow cards and will miss the semi-final (should the French win) if they receive a yellow card during this match.
England vs. France: predictions
England have been poor starters in this tournament. Numerous errors in the first half of their round of 16 match against Senegal had the Three Lions looking likely to concede goals.
England haven't conceded a goal in the last three games
However, once they got going, the English attack began to look rather ruthless. That was against Senegal, though, and such early errors will not be so forgiving against the French.
History is not necessarily on the side of England either – they’ve bowed out in six quarter-finals and six of their last eight World Cup eliminations were at the hands of a European nation.
Despite being a little rough around the edges, England haven’t conceded a goal in three consecutive games leading into the clash against France.
France were clinical in their win over Poland to qualify for the quarter-finals. Kylian Mbappé struck a brace in that 3-1 victory and moved to the top of the Golden Boot table with five goals.
England’s defence will certainly be tested against France. Olivier Giroud is now the leading men’s French goalscorer and his link-up play coupled with Mbappé’s sheer explosiveness has proven lethal.
A draw seems unlikely considering the might of these two teams; however, the 3.310* odds for the draw are the lowest of all the quarter-finals clashes.
It is in the first half that we’ll likely see the most damage. France will look to capitalise on an unsteady English start and the Mbappé/Giroud pairing will seek to cut through early.
However, England draws strength in the latter stages owing to a talented bench of attacking players that could overwhelm a tired French defence.
The first half might be the deciding factor in this clash and there is some value in the Over 1.25 (first half) goals market priced at 2.950* for those who predict France to rush out of the gates hard.
If that is indeed the case, a 3-1 victory for France is likely and Pinnacle have priced the Over 3 goals market at 3.140*.
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