France have a reputation for being one of the best and most entertaining football teams in the world, and they certainly delighted many with their style and flair when last seen on a big stage at Euro 2016.
Since then, they have topped a tough-looking Group A in World Cup Qualifying, a group that also had The Netherlands and Sweden in it. However, France’s qualification was built more on a solid-defence that conceded just 6 goals, rather than an attack that scored only 18 goals in 10 qualifying games.
You also have to go back to 1958 to find the only Frenchman to have won the Golden Boot at the World Cup Finals, with Just Fontaine scoring a record 13 goals. However, when France won the World Cup in 1998, four players scored 2 goals each. France then failed to score at all in 2002, and scored just once in 2010. In between those droughts, Henry and Zidane scored three goals each in 2006, whilst Benzema was the Top Scorer for France with 3 goals in 2014.
2018 World Cup France Top Goalscorer Betting Guide
Antoine Griezmann 2/1, Alexandre Lacazette 7/1, Kylian Mbappe 7/1, Olivier Giroud 7/1, Paul Pogba 12/1
Averaged a goal every 4 games in 5 seasons at Real Sociedad, but has increased his ratio to 1 goal every 2 games for Atletico Madrid, which is impressive considering the defensive nature of that team. Not as prolific for France and, despite scoring 6 goals at Euro 2016, he scored just 4 goals in World Cup Qualifying. The question is – will the world’s biggest stage see him raise his game.
Looked a real handful in the Premier League since joining Arsenal but, in a year when the likes of Harry Kane and Mohammed Salah have scored nearly double his tally, he’s been somewhat overshadowed. Scored just 3 goals in 16 games for France and, having not hit the net in World Cup Qualifying, it’s asking a lot of him to be France’s leading scorer at the 2018 World Cup.
The 19-year-old hasn’t always been first choice since joining PSG, but has still scored at a rate of more than a goal a game. However, he scored just once in 10 games in qualifying, and it may be that he has to wait until the next World Cup to truly shine.
Doesn’t have the pace or flair of those in front of him in the betting, but that hasn’t stopped him scoring 29 goals for France in 69 games, whilst he also averages around 2 goals every 5 games for Arsenal. Was joint top-scorer in qualifying with 4 goals, and got on the scoresheet at the 2014 World Cup.
Averages a goal every 5 games for Manchester United, and a goal every 6 games for France. He scored twice in World Cup Qualifying.
France have blown hit and cold at the World Cup Finals, but look likely to blow hot in 2018 with so much talent at their disposal. The likes of Lacazette and Mbappe could shine on the big stage if making the starting line-up, but will be hard-pushed to match Griezmann if not. Olivier Giroud is also interesting, but may be asked to lead the line whilst others score the goals.