The stats for the France attackers will help you find the best bets for the World Cup. We’ve got all in the information you need, coupled with a few bets of our own ahead of the tournament.
France picked up their 2nd World Cup at Russia 2018. They will be looking to avoid the curse of the holders getting eliminated in the group stage in Qatar. Italy, Spain and Germany (the last 3 winners) have all been eliminated at the first hurdle in the following tournament. Les Bleus are amongst the favourites yet again.
The squad features many world-class players. Kylian Mbappe was integral to their triumph last time around. The PSG forward has started the season in fine form and remains one of Europe’s most lethal attackers. Paul Pogba has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury. The virtuoso midfielder has been a consistent performer for the national team. But there is plenty of quality to come in and replace him.
Top 3 – Goal Contributions In Qualifying
Kylian Mbappe tops the list for France in qualifying. It’s hard to believe the forward is still just 23 years of age given what he has achieved in the game. Mbappe scored four goals in Russia 2018; becoming only the second teenager to score in the final itself. He has continued that form for club and country. Kylian was France’s top scorer in qualifying with 5 goals and 1 assist. He also recorded 1 assist.
Mbappe was rewarded for his fine form with a new contract in the summer. PSG staved off interest from Real Madrid by handing out a deal. It is rumoured to be one of the most lucrative in football history. The striker has justified the cost; delivering 18 goals and 5 assists in 19 appearances for La Parisiens this season.
Antoine Griezmann also had 7 goal contributions for France. He features below Mbappe because 1 of his goals came from the penalty spot. The Atletico Madrid man outscored Mbappe, finishing the campaign with 6 goals and 1 assist. During qualifying and in more recent matches, Griezmann has featured as a number 10 in behind a strike partnership.
Griezmann spent the early part of the season being introduced after the 60-minute mark. This was to ensure Atleti avoided paying a large fee for the player as per an agreement with Barcelona. He is still averaging 0.83 goals or assists per 90 minutes for Simeone’s side. A compromise has since been reached, and Griezmann will no doubt enjoy being able to build some momentum.
Benzema has entered the fray after years in the cold on the international scene. A blackmail case meant he was not considered for selection, but now he is a lethal weapon for France. The Ballon d’Or holder scored 3 times and made 1 assist during qualifying. Despite only playing 296 minutes. This means he averaged 1.21 direct goal contributions every 90 minutes.
The French striker has been key for Real Madrid in recent seasons. His goal scoring exploits in the Champions League last season saw him recognised as the best player in the world. He has 6 goals and 1 assist this season. Benzema will now be focused on adding the World Cup to his trophy haul.
France are averaging 16.5 shots per game over the course of their last 10 internationals. Their opponents are averaging just 7.1 over this period.
Top 3 – Shots In Qualifying (Per 90 Minutes)
Mbappe is the focal point of the French attack. He always looks to use his pace to terrify the opposition defence. In the national team, Mbappe benefits from having a strike partner to support him in occupying the centre backs. However, he is very much the main goal threat. He averaged 3.65 shots per game in qualifying; more than any other player. He finished the campaign with 19 shots overall.
Christophe Galtier has taken the reins at PSG, and looked to put Mbappe at the centre of their attack. He now benefits from having Messi and Neymar operating more closely to him on the pitch. They form a deadly trio and it has allowed Mbappe to flourish. He is averaging 4.54 shots per game this season. France will be hoping to make use of a deadly trio of their own by starting Mbappe, Benzema and Griezmann in a narrow front 3.
Griezmann operates as a number 10 for France. Lots of teams choose to sit deep against Les Bleus, and this means that Antoine often finds himself with room to shoot. The striker partnership ahead of him pin the centre backs, so Antoine finds space just outside the penalty area. He does not feature in the amount of touches per 90 minutes in the penalty area for qualifying. Unlike his compatriots Benzema and Mbappe, who are 1 and 2 respectively. Griezmann still averaged 2.36 shots per game.
As previously mentioned, Griezmann has rarely started for Atletico this season. He has come off the bench to feature on the left, right, as a striker and a number 10. He is averaging 3.73 shots per 90 minutes for his club this season. So he is definitely one to look out for this winter.
The top 3 players in terms of goal contributions also complete the list in terms of shots. Benzema averaged 3.64 shots per game in qualifying. He provides an aerial threat in the same way that Olivier Giroud did at the last tournament. He is also crucial in terms of laying the ball off to his teammates.
Benzema is the focal point of the Real Madrid attack so as expected, his shot average is higher. He is averaging 4.9 shots per game this season. Karim is a big game player for Real. His performances in the knockout stages of the Champions League last season were astonishing. France will be hoping he can come up trumps for them when called upon in Qatar. His shot numbers in the big games will be interesting to see.
Shots on Target
France are averaging 7.6 shots on target in their last 10 matches; meaning 46.1% of their shots are finding the target.
Top 3 – Shots On Target In Qualifying (Per 90 Minutes)
Unsurprisingly, the man who had the most shots also had the most on target. Mbappe had 11 in qualifying. 57.9% of his overall attempts tested the keeper. The mercurial forward averaged just under a goal per game in the campaign. It’s easy to see why given his accuracy. He averaged 2.12 shots on target per 90 minutes.
Mbappe is averaging 2.39 shots on target per 90 minutes at club level this season. He has predominantly played as the lone central striker, and he has been clinical. He has a 7.84 average rating in Ligue 1 so expect him to start the tournament in good form.
Benzema had the 2nd most shots on target for France. His role as a centre forward ensured he got his fair share of quality shooting opportunities. He averaged 2.12 shots on target per 90 minutes; identical to Mbappe. However, 58.3% of his shots hit the target. This is marginally better than his compatriot.
At club level, Benzema’s numbers are very similar. He is averaging 2.26 shots on target per 90 minutes for Madrid this season.
Griezmann had 1 (6) fewer shots on target than Benzema, despite the fact he had 5 more shots. Antoine’s opportunity to shoot generally came from deeper areas. He had the 3rd most shots on target in the squad, but his average per 90 was below the likes of Coeman (0.86) and Dembele (1.54). Griezmann averaged 0.83 shots on target per 90 minutes. He features in the list because he ranks highest in terms of amount of shots and he is the most likely to start. 0.83 of his shots on target resulted in goals so Griezmann to score from outside the area is one to watch.
The forward averages double the shots on target for Atletico this season. He is averaging 1.99 shots on target per 90 minutes for his side.
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