France are heavy 2/9 favourites to get off to a winning start at Australia’s expense in World Cup Group C, but the Socceroos’ tendency to get into ding-dong battles should make it entertaining.

Read on for our selections in the France v Australia match betting, correct score and first goalscorer markets, as well as a left-field selection that makes perfect sense.

Match Betting – France to win and both teams to score @ 11/15

The gulf in quality between the two sides’ squads is such that anything other than a comfortable victory for Les Bleus would be a sizeable disappointment.

It’s difficult not to use Saudi Arabia as a touchstone for the quality of AFC sides after their abysmal showing in losing 5-0 to Russia and Australia finished below the Green Falcons in their qualifying group.

However, despite France’s on-paper superiority, it’s far from unimaginable that the Socceroos find the onion bag.

They’ve notched in all bar one of their last ten competitive matches and more importantly the French have kept a single clean sheet in their previous five matches.

Correct Score – France to win 4-2 @ 50/1

Australia conceded more goals than Saudi Arabia in their qualifying group so there can be little doubt an attack as illustrious as France’s can cut them to ribbons. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann bagged 50 club goals alone between them last term.

Yet, the Socceroos seem to relish a slugfest if their recent competitive games are anything to go by, with both teams scoring at least once in eight of their last ten qualifiers.

Three of their last five all-competitions outings have produced four goals or more too.

First Goalscorer – Mile Jedinak @ 20/1

Over his last 20 internationals Aussie midfield general Jedinak has bagged a very impressive ten goals, that’s as many as Harry Kane got in his last score of caps. The veteran is also takes their penalties and free-kicks.

Left field selection – Highest scoring half – second @ 19/20

Four of Australia’s last five outings featured more goals in the second half and the other one was a goalless draw. A repeat could well be on the cards once they begin to tire of chasing around technically superior rivals.