Just like in 2018, it is the Socceroos who are waiting for the first game, although so much has changed since that meeting four years ago.
Thanks to a mixture of injuries and age, Didier Deschamps’ side now appear to be in a much more difficult position and, while still laden with talent, must also deal with the dreaded curse of World Cup winners during of the next group stage.
On paper they are still a very strong France team, but there is no doubt that the excitement over them has faded of late, particularly after Ballon d’Or winner Benzema was ruled out of the entire tournament due to a thigh injury suffered in training.
Australia, meanwhile, were tipped for a quarter-final run by their coach and led France from close behind four years ago.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The World Cup group stage match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah will host.
Where to watch France vs Australia
TV channel: The match will be broadcast on BBC One.
Direct: The BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sports website (both free with a subscription) will offer a live streaming service.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action LIVE with standard sportsblog dedicated to matches.
The news of the France vs Australia team
Benzema was already struggling with knee and hamstring issues and is now out of the entire tournament with a torn thigh suffered while sprinting during a training session on Saturday.
Christopher Nkunku, meanwhile, was forced out of the squad after his own training injury suffered earlier in the week and Randal Kolo Munai replaced him.
Injury-ridden France were already without N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Presnel Kimpembe.
For Australia, Martin Boyle has recovered from an injury suffered with Hibernian, while it will be fascinating to see whether incoming Newcastle teenager Garang Kuol makes the start or not.
France vs Australia prediction
Given the quality displayed, it would seem foolish to plead against the French.
Still, such is the negative feeling they entered the tournament in, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see them struggle.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
France wins: 3
Australia win: 1
Latest France vs Australia Odds
Winner of France: 2/9
Australia win: 10/1