Odds on France to win the World Cup – Can Les Bleus do the unthinkable at 25/1?

The 1998 World Champions will go into the World Cup as one of the favourites, despite nearly failing to qualify, as the odds on France to win the World Cup at 25/1 look a hint of value.

Manager: Didier Deschamps
World Cup best:
Winners (1998)
How they qualified:
European play-offs

France finished second behind Spain in a tough qualifying group; with a 1-0 defeat at home to the world champions the costly defeat.

Didier Deschamps’s side lost their first leg play-off 2-0 away to Ukraine and their place in Brazil was in serious doubt.

They won the home leg 3-0 though with Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho opening the scoring.

Star player: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Franck Ribery’s 2014 is yet to get anywhere near the heights of 2013 and was poor in Bayern’s Champions League defeats to Real Madrid.

He wasn’t voted as the third best player last year for no reason though and this could be Ribery’s World Cup.

One to watch: Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)

Antoine Griezmann’s international took a while to get going, however made his debut in a recent friendly.

The winger is unlikely to be named in the starting XI for the Honduras match, however there probably won’t be many better impact players at the tournament.

Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have been heavily linked with him and a good tournament for the youngster will only increase his already high transfer fee.

Strengths

A young yet highly talented squad, there isn’t many of the side that was so poor at the 2010 World Cup.

The likes of Raphael Varane, Eliaquim Mangala, Paul Pogba and Griezmann are likely to be among the top players in European football for years.

When you can leave the likes of Samir Nasri out of your squad and standby list, you know you’ve got serious strength in depth.

Weaknesses

Deschamps has frequently altered his defence and Varane and Mamadou Sakho have been in and out of their clubs sides.

Mathieu Debuchy and Bacary Sagna will battle it out for the right back spot, although both have struggled for the national side this year.

How far can they go?

A favourable group coupled with an exceptionally talented squad, the quarter-finals should be a minimum.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mickael Landreau

Defenders: Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna, Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane, Eliaquim Mangala, Lucas Digne

Midfielders: Franck Ribery, Mathieu Valbuena, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko, Rio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Clement Grenier, Antoine Griezmann

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Loic Remy

Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France

Honduras

Fixtures

Sunday 15th June: France vs. Honduras 20:00
Friday 20th June: Switzerland vs. France 20:00
Wednesday 25th June: Ecuador vs. France 21:00

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