France He is world champion and, despite all the romances associated with Brazil and Argentina, is the presumed favourite. No team has held the World Cup since 1962, but the sheer depth of their talent, even with Karim Benzema out with injury, gives France reason to believe they can finish this run. Getting to the knockout stage should be a smooth path: their toughest game should be their second game, against Denmark, while the other two matches could be easy by three points.
Here are France’s group matches:
November 22, 2 p.m. EST
Saturday 11 am EST
November 30, 10 a.m. ET
To see scenarios for other teams, visit our overview page.