France look a good bet to make the World Cup Quarter Finals at least and can be backed at a good price to exit the tournament at that point in the Stage of Elimination market.
Top online bookmakers such as Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Betway are currently quoting odds of 11/4 that France bow out in the last eight, while the former offers a price of 21/20 on Les Bleus reaching at least the quarter-final stage in their Minimum Progress market.
Going out at the group stage in 2002 and 2010 either side of a runner-up finish in 2006 makes France a mysterious proposition, but having finished runners-up to Spain in Group I of UEFA World Cup qualifying, they showed a winning attitude to come back from a 2 goal deficit to beat Ukraine 2-3 in a play-off and make it to Brazil.
Didier Deschamps' side are favourites to top Group E with Switzerland expected to be their toughest test and going through as group winners would see them avoid likely Group F victors Argentina in the last 16. Indeed if Group F plays out as expected, Les Bleus will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Second Round and with far more strength in depth should go on to make it to the quarter-finals with minimal fuss. Should France triumph in Brasilia as expected and make it to the last eight, then they could face the likes of Portugal, Belgium or Russia among others, but will most likely encounter Germany.
Joachim Low's side are the top European hope to lift the trophy and while France would almost certainly give them a good game, the 1998 World Cup winners would do well to oust Die Mannschaft and will probably be exiting the tournament at this stage.