- When: 4:00PM, Thursday, June 21st, 2018
- Where: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Group C continues on Thursday afternoon as leaders France take on bottom side Peru in Yekaterinburg. This is a big game for both of these sides, with France fans looking for a better performance after their underwhelming win against Australia and with Peru needing to get something out of the game after losing to Denmark in their first match. France can seal their progress to the next round with a win if Denmark beat Australia earlier in the day, and Didier Deschamps would dearly love to wrap things up after two matches.
Big things were expected of France heading into this tournament, but their opening game against Australia presented more questions than answers. There are many people who believe that Deschamps is not the right man for the job and even after six years in charge, France still don’t really play with much of a style or a game plan. Deschamps is desperate to play his big stars, but there have to be questions as to whether Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele can all play in the same side.
Peru will have been very disappointed to have lost their opening game against Denmark, especially when you consider that they had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot in the first half. Christian Cueva missed that spot kick before Yussuf Poulsen scored a second half winner for the Danes. In truth, Peru played quite well in the game and were unlucky to lose, but it now means that if Denmark beat Australia in the early game in Group C, Peru will have to beat France or else they will be eliminated.
The game between Denmark and Australia has a huge bearing on this match, with Peru knowing that they are out unless they beat France if Denmark win the early game. France were very disappointing in their opening game, but I’m expecting them to play much better against Peru on Thursday. I think we could see Olivier Giroud come into the starting line up for this one, and I’m backing France to pick up the victory.
Betting Tips (Coral)
France come into this match as the favourites to pick up the victory at odds of 6/10, whilst a win for Peru is priced up at 5/1, with the draw available at 14/5. A solid bet in this one looks like France and over 2.5 goals at 33/20, and I’m expecting France to put in a much better attacking display in this game than they did against Australia. Deschamps may decide to give Giroud a start in this game and the Chelsea striker is available at 7/2 to open the scoring and 13/10 to score at anytime, with both of them looking like solid bets to me.
Olivier Giroud to Score at Anytime – 13/10 (Coral)