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Australia vs. France: Top Storylines, Odds, Live Stream for Women’s World Cup 2023

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 7: Katrina Gorry of Australia (R) dribbles Signe Bruun of Denmark (L) during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between Australia and Runner Up Group D at Stadium Australia on August 7, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

    Daniela Porcelli/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

    The marquee matchup of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals pits co-host Australia against France on Saturday (3 a.m. ET, Fox, FoxSports.com and Fox Sports app).

    Both sides cruised into the final eight with multi-goal victories over Denmark and Morocco.

    Australia produced six goals in the last two games, even with star forward Sam Kerr dealing with a calf injury.

    France put away 10 tallies in its last two contests to reach the final eight, and it looks like a squad who could hoist the country’s first major women’s title.

    Both sides are after their first World Cup title, but each nation will have to go through three battles to hoist the trophy. England likely awaits in the semifinals and then Spain or Sweden will advance to the final from the top half of the bracket.

Match Odds

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    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 8: Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie le Sommer of France celebrate the fourth goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between France and Morocco at Hindmarsh Stadium on August 8, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

    Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

    Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook

    Money Line

    Australia (+260; bet $100 to win $260)

    France (+110; bet $100 to win $100)

    Draw After 90 Minutes (+215)

    To Advance to Next Round

    Australia (+140)

    France (-175)

    Over/Under

    Over 2.5 Goals (+130)

    Under 2.5 Goals (-160)

France Enters in Terrific Form

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    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 8: Sakina Karchaoui of France in action during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between France and Morocco at Hindmarsh Stadium on August 8, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)

    Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images

    France is cruising at the moment.

    Les Bleues scored six goals on Panama in their Group F finale and they rolled four tallies past Morocco in the round of 16.

    They have a Golden Boot contender in Kadidiatou Diani, who is tied with Sweden’s Amanda Ilestedt for four goals. They are the highest scorers left in the tournament. Japan’s Hinata Miyazawa produced five goals before Japan’s quarterfinal elimination.

    The presence of Eugenie Le Sommer, France’s all-time leading scorer who has three goals in the tournament, alongside Diani will be a lot for the Australian defense to handle.

    France has one of the best set-piece threats in the world in defender Wendie Renard, who has 35 international tallies.

    France has not made it past the World Cup quarterfinal since 2011, and it only has one other major tournament semifinal appearance from UEFA Euro 2022.

    Les Bleues are in the best form of any team in the bottom half of the bracket, and if they continue their performances from the last two games, they could be too much for Australia to control.

Sam Kerr’s Status to Be Determined

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates winning the Women's World Cup round of 16 football match between the Australia Matildas and Denmark at Stadium Australia on August 07, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Steven Markham/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Steven Markham/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Australia needs its star player, Sam Kerr, to be on the field in some capacity on Saturday.

    Matildas manager Tony Gustavsson addressed the forward’s status on Friday, per The Equalizer’s Jeff Kassouf.

    Kerr appeared off the bench for a 10-minute cameo in the round-of-16 win over Denmark. She has been sidelined with a calf injury since the tournament opener.

    Kerr is one of the most prolific forwards in the world. She has 63 goals in 122 international appearances and is a star for Chelsea at the club level.

    Australia is a much better side when Kerr is on the field, and it needs her to help take down one of the top teams in the world.

    Australia has done well in Kerr’s absence from the starting XI, as Hayley Raso and others picked up their attacking output. The co-host scored multiple goals in each of its last three games.

    The home crowd in Brisbane should help Australia get off to a great start, with or without Kerr, but if she is in there, the Matildas will receive a massive boost that could help them past France.

    A win without Kerr is still possible, but the task will be more difficult

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