Australia take on former world champions France in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup.

The Aussies, led by Bert van Marwijk who coached 2010 finalists Holland, face a very strong France team heavily tipped for glory and will be happy to take anything from their opening Group C fixture in Kazan.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Australia side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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