Its Match Day 3 at the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup and France takes on Australia. It will also mark the first match of Group C when Les Blues take to the field with the Socceroos.
The French side are one of the title favorites and are loaded with some of the finest talent in world football, whereas, Australia only just managed to qualify for the World Cup and are reliant on the veteran and seemingly age less 38- year old, Tim Cahill.
Should Cahill find the back of the net again, he will join an elite group consisting of Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose to have found the net at four finals.
The French side have young blood under their resources , who have quick fit and plenty of tricks and flick under their belt.
In the 2014 campaign, Les Blues beat Honduras 3-nil in their opening match of the campaign, the will be looking to get off in similar fashion, when they take on Australia. But in football, as history suggests, anything is possible. The French side had undergone a major upset in Euro 2016 finals when they lost to Portugal, who were without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
In Kazan – It will be interesting to see who gets the nod to join superstar Antoine Griezmann and young prodigy Kylian Mbappe in the forward line. Olivier Giroud, the likely candidate, although not very highly rated among critics is one of France’s all time top scorers and has the numbers on his side.
Australia full squad:
Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic.
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Josh Ridson, Trent Sainsbury.
Midfielders: Tim Cahill, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic.
Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tomi Juric, Jamie Maclaren, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos
France full squad:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Adil Rami, Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Bernard Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Lucas Hernandez.
Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Corentin Tolisso, Steven N’Zonzi.
Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin