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France vs Australia, live online, World Cup 2018 Group C

France and Australia get their World Cup 2018 campaigns underway in Russia on Saturday in Kazan Arena with kick-off at 12:00 CEST.

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France's players celebrate scoring during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Luis Acosta / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWN
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On the third day of the World Cup and Group C kicks off with France playing Australia at Kazan Arena with kick-off from 12:00 CEST.

After Antoine Griezmann's decision, Didier Deschamps will be hoping his side can put that behind them and get on with business. After making it to the Euro Championship final on home soil in 2016, this France side is expected to eventually make the leap and it could be this summer. Much of the expectation falls on Griezmann's shoulders but Paul Pogba has been called out to improve too. France will be expecting to dominate this one and will have plenty of the ball.

Australia almost sprung a surprise or two in the last World Cup when they were drawn in a really difficult group. They took the game to Chile, ran Netherland close with a 2-3 loss and then fell to a wounded Spain side. They are far more pragmatic this time around and beat Syria and Honduras in a couple of difficult games. That style will stand to them today, however, as they will look to grind out a result instead of being forced to play on the front foot.

Potential line-ups:

France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Mendy, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Djibril Sidibe, Blaise Matuidi, N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud

Australia: Mathew Ryan, Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie

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