Best Odds: 16/5
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing and while it may not have initially seemed like it at the start of the tournament, Group C is already looking like one of the most entertaining groups of them all – and we’ve only played one set of fixtures thus far. All four teams feel like they’re in with a realistic chance of securing qualification through to the knockout stages in Russia, and while their skill levels certainly vary, the two matches we’ve already seen indicate that France vs Peru could be one of the games of the summer.
The French flew to Russia knowing that they were one of the favourites to lift the trophy, and while they may have been one of the few big teams to register a victory in their opener, they didn’t exactly blow anyone away with their performance. They were extremely fortunate to pick up the win against Australia courtesy of a deflection and a penalty, as their star names didn’t really appear to be at the races. Still, the win was all that mattered, so perhaps they’ll be carrying some much-needed momentum into this one.
Olivier Giroud is expected to receive a start tomorrow afternoon, and Blaise Matuidi is also in line to appear.
While the hopes of South America may rest predominantly on the shoulders of Brazil and Argentina, there are still a few teams from that region that are expected to do big things in Russia – and one of them is Peru. Throughout their first game, you could see how much it meant for them to be playing on the biggest stage in world football once again. They played some of the best football we’ve seen at the tournament so far, and while they weren’t able to avoid defeat, they should still be confident in their abilities.
Paolo Guerrero will be expected to start this one after impressing when coming off the bench against Denmark, whereas Christian Cueva will be looking to make a statement after his penalty miss cost Peru dearly in the opener.
Factors to Consider
- In their one and only meeting, Peru defeated France 1-0 back in 1982.
- France have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
- Peru have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
- France’s final group stage game will be against Denmark on Tuesday.
- Peru’s final group stage game will be against Australia on Tuesday.
While logic would dictate that France will pick up their second victory of the tournament when they face off against Peru, that’s not how the World Cup works. Les Bleus really struggled to stamp their authority on the game against Australia, whereas the Peruvians suffered from bad luck against Denmark. If both teams play to their potential then the French will win it, but we don’t think that’s going to happen. We think Peru will take advantage of France’s deficiencies to secure a 1-1 draw.
Best Odds: 16/5