Peru vs Denmark Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

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16th June 2018 – 12:00 ET
Group C
Stadium: Mordovia Arena
TV: TSN

Peru were the last side to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup and have been drawn in Group C alongside France, Denmark and Australia. It’s a tough assignment, but Ricardo Gareca’s side are young and can be extremely unpredictable. Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the tournament, despite calls from Peru’s rivals to overturn the decision and that could have a detrimental effect on their progress. The captain played a key part in guiding the side to fifth position in the South American qualifying group and he leaves a gaping hole in the side. Veteran Jefferson Farfan is one of the more experienced heads in the side and he will be expected to play a significant role here following his return to the side.

Denmark also needed a play-off to book their place in Russia. They crushed the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the second leg and will be confident of building upon that performance. Christian Eriksen netted a hat-trick against Martin O’Neill’s side and, following his 11 goals in qualifying, he will be looking to play a key role for his country. He is 101.00 to be win the Golden Boot with 888Sport and is extremely handy from a set-piece situation. He has been included in the squad alongside Kaspar Schmeichel and Nicklas Bendtner, although the latter has picked up an injury playing for Rosenborg.

Peru endured a topsy-turvy qualifying campaign including having a controversial goal ruled out against Colombia. David Ospina’s touch from a Paolo Guerrero indirect free-kick was ruled out by the officials. Nevertheless, Peru still secured their place at the tournament albeit with a helping hand from Bolivia. Despite winning 2-0, the hosts fielded an ineligible player and, as a result, the match was awarded to Los Incas. They won each of their two international friendlies at the end of March, beating both Iceland Croatia. These two sides have been drawn together in Group D and another meeting with Ricardo Gareca’s side is a possibility in the round of 16.

Denmark were booed off against Montenegro but they managed to turn their qualifying campaign around during the latter stages. Age Hareide wasn’t a universally popular appointment but he’s got his side playing some decent football and scoring goals. Their 4-0 victory over Poland was compelling evidence of the danger that they possess and some pundits are labelling them as ‘dark horses’ at this tournament. They kept two clean sheets during their international friendlies at the end of March but they aren’t generally renowned for their defensive prowess.

 

Peru vs Denmark Predictions

Denmark have won three of their last four World Cup openers and they’ll be hoping to get off to a similarly speedy start against Peru. They have a number of players who are coming off the back of competitive seasons in Europe and they should be well rested ahead of this Group C fixture.

Pinnacle are offering 2.05 for Denmark to take all three points against Peru and they should be backed to seal the victory against their South American opponents.

It may take a while for them to break through in this game. Having never faced one another, these two teams are likely to spend the first 45 minutes assessing the opposition and the game may not come alive until after the break. Draw/Denmark on the HT/FT market is available at 4.76 with Sports Interaction. It’s also 7.09 for the first goal to arrive between the 46th and 60th minute and that could be extremely tempting at a bigger price.

Peru could be dangerous going forward and, as always, they carry a goal-threat.

Denmark failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their three matches at the 2010 World Cup and they could be susceptible at the back once again. It’s 2.02 for Both Teams to Score with Bodog and this seems like a great option. It should be an entertaining 90 minutes between two sides who will both be vying to follow France into the knock-out round. It’s 2.31 for Over 2.5 Goals with Sports Interaction and although many opening group games have the tendency to be low-scoring and cagey, this is unlikely to follow suit.

 

Statistics

  • It’s been 36 years since Peru’s last World Cup appearance
  • Christian Cueva set up both goals against New Zealand
  • Peru drew five of their 18 qualifying matches
  • They reached the quarter-finals in both 1970 and 1978
  • They scored just two goals during the 1982 tournament
  • Denmark did not play at the World Cup until 1986
  • They finished top of their group at the 2002 World Cup
  • Denmark are 5.50 to finish top of Group C with William Hill
  • They qualified for the quarter-finals in 1998
  • Christian Eriksen scored 11 goals during qualifying

 

Lineups

Peru: Pedro Gallese, Alberto Rodríguez, Aldo Corzo, Anderson Santamaría, Miguel Araujo, Miguel Trauco, Paolo Hurtado, Christian Cueva, Paolo Guerrero (captain), Jefferson Farfán, Raúl Ruidíaz, Carlos Cáceda, Renato Tapia, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Wilder Cartagena, Luis Advíncula, André Carrillo, Yoshimar Yotún, Edison Flores, José Carvallo, Nilson Loyola, Pedro Aquino. 

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjær (captain), Jonas Knudsen, Andreas Christensen, William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Nicolai Jørgensen, Christian Eriksen, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg, Mathias Jørgensen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Viktor Fischer, Jonas Lössl, Jens Stryger Larsen, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schöne, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius, Frederik Rønnow, Pione Sisto. 


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