France in World Cup 2022
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The World Champions France will visit Qatar this year in November to defend their title in the FIFA World Cup 2022. The draw for the World Cup 2022 has been done in Qatar; all the groups, brackets, and fixtures are set.

Here in this article, we will predict France’s potential opponents in the Qatar World Cup, and try to figure out their Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals opponents, should they qualify.

The defending champions France are hot favorites to lift the World Cup yet again in Qatar. They are among the superpowers of world football with an incredible squad depth. Moreover, with the veteran goal-machine Karim Benzema and the wild horse Mbappe in the squad, it’s a nightmare for any team to face France. The two times World Champions have qualified for the World Cup 2022 from the UEFA region directly from Group D.

However, their Euro 2020 (held in 2021) campaign didn’t go as planned. Didier Deschamps’ men were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Switzerland in a thrilling match. From a 3-1 goals lead in the 75th minute, they allowed Switzerland to come from behind to push the match into extra time, where they were beaten on penalties.

The 3rd best team according to FIFA rankings, France are expected to put up a good display at the World Cup 2022, Qatar.

France’s Group and Match Schedule in World Cup 2022

The biggest show on earth, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, in November this year. The groups, brackets, and fixtures for this huge event are already set. France are in Group D along with Peru or Australia or UAE (will confirm in June), Demark, and Tunisia.

World Cup Group of France

Group C Group D
Argentina France
Saudi Arabia Peru or Australia or UAE
Mexico Denmark
Poland Tunisia

Top two teams will qualify for the Round of 16 from each group – group winners and runners-up. Every team will play 3 matches in the Group Stage. A win brings 3 points, draw 1, and no points for a defeat.

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The Group D winners will play the runners-up of Group C in the Round of 16, and the Group D runners-up will play the Group C winners. Hence, D1 vs C2,  and D2 vs C1 in the Round of 16 knockout stage. Check out all the groups of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Match Schedule, Kickoff time, Venue

France will play their first match against Peru or Australia or UAE in the World Cup 2022. They are expected to start the campaign with a comfortable win. They will face Denmark in the second match, that should be their toughest challenge in the Group Stage. France will end their group stage round against Tunisia.

Let’s check out France’s match schedule, kickoff time, and venue in the Qatar World Cup 2022.

All the times are in GMT, so you can convert it easily into your local time.

Match Date Kickoff Time Venue
France vs. Peru or Australia or UAE Tuesday, 22 November 2022 7:00 am GMT Al Janoub
France vs. Denmark Saturday, 26 November 2022 4:00 pm GMT Stadium 974
France vs. Tunisia Wednesday, 30 November 2022 3:00 pm GMT Education City

Here you can check out the full schedule and fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar.

France’s Potential Opponents in Round of 16

We all like to think positively about our favorite teams. Maybe you are thinking about the potential opponents of France in the Qatar World Cup 2022. So here we are to analyze France’s potential road to the final, should they advance.

France’s World Cup brackets involve the groups A, B, C, and D till the quarter-finals. So, they cannot face any team from groups E, F, G, and H before semi-finals.

The Group D winners will play the runners-up of Group C in the Round of 16, and the Group D runners-up will play the Group C winners. Hence, D1 vs C2,  and G2 vs H1 in the Round of 16 knockout stage.

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Didier Deschamps’ France have an incredible squad depth. The name Mbappe is enough to prove his caliber. Veteran goal-scorer Karim Benzema is in the best form in his career, scoring 41 goals in 41 matches in all competitions in the 2021-2022 season so far. France will have the most fierce attacking front in the World Cup 2022. Probably the strongest team on paper, France are favorites to top the Group D (D1).

The Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark can ruin any team in their days. We predict that Denmark should meet possibly Peru or Australia in a Group D second spot decider, with Denmark coming out as the better side to be the runners-up of group D (D2).

Now, the Group D winners and runners-up will face the runners-up and winners of Group C, respectively. So, France’s Round of 16 ties will depend on Group C.

  • D1 C2
  • D2 C1

Group C consists of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland. Lionel Messi’s Argentina is the hot favorite to top the Group C (C1). We predict that Poland should meet Mexico in a Group C second spot decider, with Poland coming out as the better side to be the runners-up of group C (C2).

So, here’s how the Round of 16 for France looks like, should they qualify according to our picks.

Match No. Match
52 D1 (France) vs. C2 (Poland)
50 D2 (Denmark) vs. C1 (Argentina)

If either Argentina or France slips and finishes second in Group C or D, there will be a strong possibility of France vs. Argentina in the Round of 16.

  • Hence, France’s Round of 16 opponent will be a team from Group C. If France tops the Group D, they will face the C2 team, that can possibly be either Poland, Mexico, or Argentina.

France’s Potential Opponents Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals

Now, we will pick from too far ahead of time. Let’s analyze the brackets and find France’s potential opponents in the World Cup.

France’s quarter-final opponent will be among the following brackets.

  • Match no. 49 (A1 vs B2) vs. Match no. 50 (C1 vs D2). It is when France finishes as the runners-up of Group D, and wins against the winners of Group C (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals.
  • Match no. 51 (B1 vs A2) vs. Match no. 52 (D1 vs C2). It is when France finishes as the winners of Group D, and wins against the runners-up of Group C (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals.
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So, if France wins in the match no. 52, which should be against Poland according to our picks, they will face the winners of B1 vs A2 in the quarter-finals. Let’s check out Group A and Group B at this point.

Group A Group B
Qatar England (B1 according to our picks)
Ecuador (A2 according to our picks) Iran
Senegal USA
Netherlands Wels or Scotland or Ukraine

As things stand, the match no. 51 in the Round of 16 should be England (B1) vs. Ecuador (A2). We predict England should win this tie for a spot in the quarter-finals. Hence, if France wins in the match no. 52, which should be against Poland according to our picks, they will face England in the quarter-finals.

  • France’s Probable Quarter-Final Opponent: Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52, which should be England France, according to our picks.

However, if France finishes second in the group as D2, and beats Argentina (C1) to play in the quarter-finals, they could meet the winners of A1 vs B2 in the quarter-finals, which could be Netherlands.

Hence, in either ways, if France goes through to the quarter-finals, their probable opponents should be England or Netherlands, should they all qualify according to our picks.

  • The World Cup brackets certainly confirm that France will not face anyone from groups E, F, G, and H including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, or Portugal before Semi-Finals.

So, France can face any team among Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, or Portugal in the semi-finals.

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