France are hoping to win their opening match, and set their best foot forward against Australia, tomorrow morning at 3:00 am pacific time. That is right, 3 am. It kicks off the first of four matches on the day. Is there anything better than soccer all morning long? Answer is no.
Featuring many players from top teams, in top leagues, France are set up to make a very good run in this tournament in Russia. Anchored in defense by Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, France has pace in the back to keep up with any teams fast paced front. Paul Pogba, N'golo Kante, and Blaise Matuidi, will control the midfield for France. Kylian Mbappe is my pick for France's player of the tournament. The 19 year old could very well light up his first World Cup, and with Antoine Griezmann by his side, teams could be in trouble. Griezmann is looking to build on his France goal scoring tally. Here is his six goals at Euro 2016.
Coming into this tournament, always a favorite of mine to watch, Australia can shock the World by beating France. If that were to do so, Australia would need a huge game from Central Midfielder Aaron Mooy. He took to the Premier League in England this past year. Arguably one of their best players on the season for Huddersfield Town. Creative, quick, and decisive, Mooy has those gifts of a number "10" that create mayhem in the attacking third. In order for Australia to succeed, Mooy is going to have to find time and space in midfield. Pick some passes deep and send Australia fast on the break. Something the Socceroos are very familiar with. Tim Cahill will be appearing in his 4th World Cup, and looking to score goal for Australia. Tim Cahill scores bangers. My favorite goal of his came at the 2014 World Cup against Netherlands.
Looking to make his debut at for the World Cup, is 19 year old Daniel Arzani of Melbourne City FC. The Australian can be a difference maker and cause mayhem once he is cutting inside. I am really hoping to see a lot of Daniel Arzani, the future is bright for this young man.
I would absolutely love to see Australia take down France in the opener, but the likelihood is slim. France are capable of playing in a variety of ways, in order to break teams down. Australia will have to come out disciplined and ready to defend and counter. Either way, this will be an exciting match. Thank you for reading. You Matter.