FRA vs AUS Dream11 : France and Australia vie it out for third place after stumbling in their quest of reaching the summit clash
In the end, for France and Australia, their dream run at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 was only meant to last as far as the top 4. The two teams enjoyed unprecedented and compelling journeys, marauding their way right into the semi-finals in the wake of some titillating results before finally being bundled out of the showpiece tournamnet.
Now regaling us in their riveting and meticulous brand of basketball for one final time at the marquee tournamnet, both the sides will be battling it out for the third place spot today as they look to wrap up a pristine campaign in perfect fashion. A win today would seal the bronze medal for them, a colossal achievement to emphasise how the winner has thrived at this edition of the world cup.
For France in particular, a third place finish would do wonders to basketball in the country. Out of all the teams reaching the semi-finals, their journey was the most tantalising, a story of determination, girt, valour and resolve as the side refused to be put down despite being handed staunch opponents. They slipped in their group stage encounters but managed to squirm through to the quarter-finals where they ended up putting down USA in what was one of the biggest takeaways from the world cup before eventually losing 80-66 to Argentina.
Elsewhere, Australia were finally handed their first defeat by Spain in a high scoring, points galore encounter by the smallest of margins. The 95-88 result meant the side saw their chances of winning the world cup being diminished, one they would like to compensate by walking away with the next best prize at offer this year.
Probable Playing 5
Rudy Gobert, Amath M’Baye, Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Frank Ntilikina
Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Jock Landale
FRA vs AUS Match Prediction
While Franc’s defence fell apart the last time around as the side failed to emanate the same display they had put up against USA, there is no doubting what this side can do when functioning at its best. It is filled with players who know what it takes to succeed at the highest level, players who are known for their flexibility to change ther style of play as per the opposition.
For all their guile and trickery though, France should eventually go onto lose this owing to the attacking nature of Australia’s basketball. Their opponents can conjure up points from all quarters, something France will find tough to counter today.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
Match Details: France Vs Australia Third Place Match
Date And Time: 15th September, Sunday- 1:30pm
Venue: Dongguan Basketball Center, Dongguan
Television: FanCode, livebasketball.tv
- Rudy Gobert, Amath M’Baye, Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Frank Ntilikina
- Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Jock Landale
- Frank Ntilikina
- Aron Baynes
Best Ball Stealer
- Rudy Gobert
- Aron Baynes
FRA vs AUS Dream11 Point Guard
With 34 points in the previous encounter, Australia’s Patty Mills is chosen as the first player by us in this facet. For a point guard to score 34 points epitomises how good is side are in their ball movement and with some exceptional ball handlers lining up the side, Mills should benefit to register more points today.
We have France’s point guard come in as well in the form of Frank Ntilinka for this one. His 16 points in the previous encounter showed his enigmatic and enterprising nature as a player, someone capable of not just setting up plays and providing assists but also more than well-versed with moving up the court and sending down baskets with pinch perfect accuracy.
Shooting Guard for FRA vs AUS Dream11
Undoubtedly the best shooter in Australia’s contingent, Matthew Dellavedova has been quissential to Australia’s cause of making it this far. His ability to send down open threes and position himself within the range from outside the circle have benefitted his side massively and with France offering a stern test defensively, he’ll be called upon to open up play from outside the line at ample occasions.
Small Forward for FRA vs AUS Dream11
Someone who has intertwined with him perfectly has been Joe Ingles with both the shooters moving steadfastly outside the circle to keep interchanging positions to compliment each other’s style of play. It has benefitted not just the team but both the players as well, making the two a formidable partnership, one regarded for its ability to craft alley-oops and layups in unison and set up triples.
Power Forward for FRA vs AUS Dream11
Right on the end of 11 rebounds the last time around, Australia’s Nic Kay played out the role of a power forward to perfection for his side. He ensured that he was the first player to latch onto the ball for his side, helping keep possession for his team, a proposition which turned out to be invaluable for them in turning over possession.
We are also opting for France’s, Amath M’Baye with the power forward set to get an extended role for his side today.
FRA vs AUS Dream11 Centre
With 11 rebounds and the 1 steal against Argentina, there were zero doubts in us making France’s Rudy Gobert the first player to come into our side here. The centre has been one of France’s most vital performers, a name whose indomitable style of play has seen his side flourish, with him perfectly encapsulating everything befitting of a two way player.
Australia’s Jock Landale comes in to close out our Dream 11 side for this pertinent clash.
Star Player for FRA vs AUS Dream11
Australia’s Matthew is our star player for today’s match.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.