England vs France odds and predictions: Who is the favorite in the World Cup 2022 game?
Both teams will be colliding in one of the most spectacular quarterfinal games, but who will take a step forward in the tournament?
Before the start of the 2022 World Cup, the odds said that two of the favorites for the title, England and France, would do well in the group stage and get far in the tournament, and they were right.
In an edition where there have been lots of upsets and unexpected results, both European nations have proved to be quite solid. Les Bleus lost their third and final Group D game vs. Tunisia (0-1), although some key players were benched because the team had already qualified for the Round of 16.
England will go into the match after topping Group B. They started the tournament thrashing Iran 6-2, although they weren’t able to find the back of the net against the USMNT.
But in the final game of the group against Wales, they had no mercy against Gareth Bale and co. and got the three points by handing them a 0-3 scoreline.
The Three Lions, who have scored 12 goals in four matches, had little trouble defeating Senegal. Gareth Southgate’s men took the lead early in the match and from then on took control of the encounter en route to score a couple of more goals and secure the ticket to the quarterfinals.
It will also be an important game for Southgate, as he could become the first England coach in history to lead the team to more than one semifinal, but it’s not going to be an easy task, as in front of them will be the reining champs.
France also had a strong start in Qatar, defeating Australia 4-1, and managed to come out on top against Denmark in the very final minutes of their game (2-1).
Those two victories gave Didier Deschamps’ men the ticket to the knockout rounds and placed them in the top position, so the French coach decided to bench some important players against Tunisia.
In the Round of 16 soccer fans were able to enjoy a Kylian Mbappé-Robert Lewandowski clash, a duel that, as expected, ended up winning the PSG forward as France have a better squad overall. Les Coqs won the game 3-1.
France have been pretty solid in the competition in recent times, as they have now reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in five of the last seven editions.
England vs France: odds
Both teams have very talented players, which makes the clash very even. Les Bleus have a red-hot Mbappé in their squad, who usually makes the difference in crucial games like this one, but England’s attack has been outstanding and France have conceded in all of their games.
However, France have a good mix of young and veteran players who know what it feels like to win the World Cup, and that could end up being the difference between both sides.
Les Bleus are slight favorites to emerge victorious in the game at 13/10 (2.3), while a win for Southgate’s team is tipped at 9/5 (2.8). The draw is being paid at 2/1 (3.0).
England vs France: predictions
As odds show, France are slight favorites here, as bookmakers believe the two squads are quite even in terms of quality.
England have been one of the best nations in Qatar and have won both of their previous meetings with France at the tournament in 1966 and 1982.
However, France have only lost one from their last eight games against England and Deschamps’s men have emerged victorious in eight of their last 10 knockout ties against fellow UEFA nations.
Prediction: England 1-2 France