Current world champions France enters the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a point to prove, with coach Didier Deschamps aiming to win the trophy for a third time as a player and manager.
Since hammering Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia thanks to an own goal by Mario Mandzukic, as well as strikes from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, Les Bleus have hit a bit of a rough patch, following a Round of 16 exit to Switzerland at Euro 2020, on top of a third-place finish in their Nations League group consisting of Croatia, Denmark and Austria.
At present, France are priced at 6/1 as the second favourites to win the competition. They have won it on two previous occasions, doing so last time out in Russia, as well as in 1998 at their home World Cup, when they famously beat Brazil 3-0 in the final in Paris.
France comfortably won their European qualifying group, earning 18 points in eight matches, winning five and drawing three against the likes of Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.
Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann was France’s top scorer in qualifying, having found the back of the net six times, taking the 31-year-old’s tally up to 42 in 110 caps for his country. Griezmann is priced at 33/1 to win the Golden Boot in Qatar, while his teammates Mbappe and Karim Benzema are at 8/1 and 12/1 to achieve this feat.