Australia and France go head to head on Saturday morning in a thrilling looking match in Brisbane in the Women’s World Cup quarter finals.
Australia v France odds
The host nation head into their quarter final as the underdogs, with Sky Bet giving the Matildas odds of 13/5 to reach the semi finals for the first time.
France have reached the semi finals once before head into Saturday mornings match as the favourites, being priced at 21/20 for victory. A draw is priced at 11/5.
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Australia v France preview
Australia equalled their best ever World Cup performance by reaching the quarter final stage following their 2-0 win over Denmark in Monday’s last 16 clash.
Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso scored for Tony Gustavsson’s side either side of half time to oust knock Denmark out of the tournament and book their place in the last eight.
The Matildas survived a brief scare in the group stage before ending top of their group, with wins over Ireland and Canada sandwiching a shock 3-2 defeat to Nigeria in their second game.
The Australians’ tournament has been hampered by an injury to captain and star striker Sam Kerr on the eve of their opening game.
But last season’s WSL FWA Footballer of the Year did come off the bench in Monday’s win over Denmark and could be in contention to start on Saturday.
France also recovered from a disappointing group stage result to book their place in the knockout stage as Group F winners.
Les Bleues drew their opening match of the tournament against relative minnows Jamaica, before victories against Brazil and Panama ensured Herve Renard’s side topped the group.
Tuesday’s round of 16 match saw the French comfortably beat Morocco 4-0, with Kadidiatou Diani scoring her fourth goal of the competition, Kenza Dali also found the net before a brace from Eugenie Le Sommer made sure of the victory.
Australia lead the head to head between the two sides by four wins to three, with one draw, and interestingly their last meeting was less than a month ago in either sides’ final pre-tournament friendly ahead of the big kick-off.
The Matildas won the game 1-0 through a second half Mary Fowler goal.
Australia v France betting tips
Sam Kerr will be eager to impress in her first start of her home tournament and you wouldn’t bet against her finding the net if she starts and extending her record as her country’s leading all time goal scorer.
Kadidiatou Diani is just one goal shy of the Golden Boot leader Hinata Miyazawa, and after scoring the opener in their thumping of Morocco is in good stead to draw level with the Japanese.
Sky Bet are offering tempting 11/1 odds for both strikers to score in Saturday’s quarter final.
With such an evenly matched tie, extra time isn’t an unlikely possibility and with the home ground set to be in full voice, an Australia victory in extra time at 14/1 could tempt some.
How to watch Australia v France
- Location: Lang Park, Brisbane
- Date and time: Saturday 12 August 2023, 8am
- How to watch: ITV1, ITVX, STV, STV Player
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