With Brazil eliminated, England and France are now the co-favorites to win the World Cup. Unfortunately for these teams, one of them is going to fail to make the semifinals.
The high stakes will make a matchup that would be a must-see friendly — if such a thing existed — that much more compelling.
While France lost its group play finale and England drew USA in group play, both these teams have been lights out when they needed to be, and neither struggled in the Round of 16. France dispatched Poland 3-1, while England pulled away from Senegal to win 3-0.
Here we look at England vs. France odds, props, and picks in the quarterfinals at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Best England vs. France Odds: Moneyline, Total for World Cup Clash
Here are the betting lines from top US sportsbooks for England vs. France. The odds are likely to change between now and kickoff, and it’s always advised to weigh the options at various sports betting apps to find the best sportsbook bonuses and prices.
These odds reflect the prices for both sides on the three-way line, where a bet on either team is a loss in the event of a draw. DraftKings lists the draw at +230.
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England vs. France Moneyline Odds
The three-way moneyline prices apply only to what the scoreboard reads after 90 minutes of regulation (including stoppage time). That means that if you bet England (or France) to win, and they advance in overtime or on PKs, your bet still goes down as a loss since the game was tied at the end of regulation.
If you think one side will advance to the next round but think it might happen after the match is tied through 90 minutes, take a look at odds to advance. For this match, England is +105 to advance, while France is -130 on DraftKings. At FanDuel, the “to advance” prices are England +108 and France -130. BetRivers offers England at +110 and France at -129.
England vs. France Total
The total is set at 2.5 goals, with the Over priced at +115 on DraftKings, while the Under is -140. Based on Friday’s low-scoring quarterfinals and the tendency for elite sides like England and France to let big games like these come to them, the Under feels like the best play.
England vs. France: World Cup History
England’s appearances in the World Cup are seemingly always memorable, and 2018 was no exception. Harry Kane and Co.’s run to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual runner-up Croatia, did not lack for drama. The same could be said for England’s journey to the final of Euro 2020 last summer, which they lost to Italy on PKs.
England’s World Cup history includes a trophy in 1966, but the closest it has been since is the semifinals.
France is on a short list of national teams that have won the World Cup twice. Les Bleus raised the trophy as host in 1998 and also won the most recent World Cup, the 2018 edition in Russia. Between their World Cup triumphs in 1998 and 2018, France was eliminated in group play in 2002 and 2010, but finished second in 2006 and reached the quarterfinals in 2014.
England and France have met twice before in the World Cup in group play in both 1982 and 1966. England won 3-1 in ’82 and 2-0 in ’66.
England Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
England’s “worst” result so far came in its second match of group play, when it drew USA 0-0. Three Lions have won their other matches — against Iran, Wales, and Senegal — going away, as they’ve looked solid at every level.
England’s depth has been on display, as they’ve gotten 12 goals in four games from a total of eight different players. The fact the offense has been firing with team captain — and pre-World Cup Golden Boot favorite — Harry Kane scoring just once speaks to how many dangerous attacking pieces Manager Gareth Southgate can count on.
England has also been solid defensively, as they have not allowed a goal since Iran scored two in garbage time of their tournament-opening rout.
France Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
France dazzled in their Round of 16 win over Poland, which followed a solid, uneventful run through group play. Despite some pre-tournament injury losses, France looks a lot like the team that won the 2018 World Cup. Mbappe alone creates all sorts of issues for France’s opponents and he’s got a talented, complete roster complementing him.
Kylian Mbappe (five goals) is well on his way to the Golden Boot — though Lionel Messi could have something to say — and Olivier Giroud has looked as dangerous as ever, scoring three goals of his own. France also threatens with Ousmane Dembele’s dynamic dribbling and passing on the right. Those three players’ battle with England’s back line will likely decide this matchup.
One underrated player for France this tournament has been Antoine Griezmann, who has effectively played the role of facilitator for the players mentioned above.
World Cup Golden Boot odds: France’s Kylian Mbappe heavily favored at Qatar 2022
France enter the quarterfinals without any significant injury concerns — though they did get hit hard before the tournament and early on when they lost Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante (pre-tournament), and Lucas Hernandez (who suffered a knee injury in the opener).
England vs. France Props
Below is a sampling of props for England vs. France.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Harry Kane: +195
- Kylian Mbappe: +200
- Olivier Giroud: +260
- Callum Wilson: +270
- Antoine Griezmann: +330
- Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden: +390
Correct Score (DraftKings):
- England 1-0: +800
- England 2-0: +1600
- England 2-1: +1000
- France 1-0: +700
- France 2-0: +1200
- France 2-1: +900
- 0-0: +1000
- 1-1: +500
Total Goal Props (DraftKings):
- Over 0.5 goals -2000, Under 0.5 goals: +900
- Over 1.5 goals -280, Under 1.5 goals: +215
- Over 2.5 goals +115, Under 2.5 goals: -140
- Over 3.5 goals +295, Under 3.5 goals: -400
England vs. France Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Al Bayt Stadium
Watch this match at one of the following:
- Fox Sports App
England vs. France Prediction: England 2, France 1
None of the quarterfinal matchups have been easy to predict, but this one feels the most like splitting hairs. While neither team has any pronounced weaknesses, England seems a bit more well-rounded than France. England’s stronger defense to this point — England has allowed two goals (both in garbage time), while France has allowed four — give Southgate’s side a narrow advantage. I also believe that in a tight game, the advantage goes to the team that is not carrying the burden of trying to win their second World Cup in a row.
Here are two bets available at DraftKings that are worth checking out:
- England to Advance (+105)
- England to Score First (+110)
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