This match is over. Final score: Peru 0-1 Denmark For the match – France vs Peru. For the match – Denmark vs Australia. 16th June 2018 – 17:00 UK Time Group C Stadium: Mordovia Arena TV: BBC Peru are competing in their fifth World Cup, returning to the competition for the first time in 36 years. They needed a play-off victory over New Zealand to ensure their place in Russia, with a late Christian Ramos goal sealing the final vacant position at the tournament. Paolo Guerrero has been banned for the World Cup and despite the appeals from a number of players, including Hugo Lloris and Mile Jedinak, FIFA seem unlikely to overturn the decision. It’s a major blow for Ricardo Gareca whose young side may require his leadership qualities. Peru are unpredictable but they may lack some big-game experience. They’ve been drawn in a tough-looking Group C alongside France, Australia and their first opponents, Denmark. Denmark have decent World Cup pedigree and reached the quarter-finals in 1998. They are 9/2 with Bet365 to reach the final eight once again. Age Hareide wasn’t a universally popular appointment but he steered his side throughout qualifying and they looked unstoppable during their 5-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland. Christian Eriksen is undoubtedly the focal point of this side and the Spurs midfielder is likely to be instrumental in their chances of qualifying for the knock-out rounds. He netted three times against Martin O’Neill’s side and fans will be hoping he can maintain his excellent form throughout the month-long tournament. Peru’s qualification was far from straightforward and their place in Russia was seriously in doubt prior to September 2016. Bolivia’s fielding of an ineligible player resulted in Peru being awarded a 3-0 success and they never looked back. A nervy 2-1 victory over the same opponent 12 months later gave them a realistic chance of securing the play-off spot. They won each of their two international friendlies at the end of March with impressive triumphs against Croatia and Iceland. They are an extremely young side and their fans will be hoping they don’t freeze on the big stage. A 1-0 loss to Montenegro was a significant low point for Denmark during qualifying but the Scandinavian side slowly found their rhythm and a 4-0 victory over Poland was seen as a huge step forward. They kept clean sheets in both of their international friendlies at the end of March and could be tough to break down. At the other end of the pitch, Pione Sisto impressed during qualifying and is capable of the unpredictable whilst William Kvist keeps things ticking over. Hareide prefers a 4-3-3 system and he is likely to stick to this formation throughout the tournament. Peru vs Denmark Predictions Peru will fancy their chances in this game and they will be aiming to catch Denmark off-guard. However, Age Hareide’s side have quality in midfield and they should be able to dominate across the 90 minutes. Christian Eriksen could make the difference and he’ll be key in this opener. Denmark should start with three points and can be backed at 21/20 with Betfred. They will be desperate to make up for missing out on the 2014 tournament and a bright start is absolutely imperative. Although Argentina could await them in the round of 16, Denmark will be keen to qualify and they can’t afford to drop points in this opener. Denmark have won three of their last four World Cup openers and they can add to that tally here. They took a while to find their feet against the Republic of Ireland and the second half to be the highest scoring half is priced at 11/10 with Betfred. There should be goals in this encounter. Denmark are extremely effective in the final third and they shouldn’t have any problems getting on the scoresheet. Both sides found the back of the net in four of Denmark’s last seven qualifying matches and Peru will fancy their chances of hitting the target. Both Teams to Score is available at Evens with 10 Bet and should be backed. Combining the two selections above – Denmark to Win and Both Teams to Score is available at 6/1 at 10Bet and is a great way of boosting your returns. The aforementioned Christian Eriksen scored eleven times during qualifying and is likely to get plenty of set-piece opportunities throughout the 90 minutes. He is 11/5 with 888Sport to score anytime. Denmark should triumph in this contest but there is unlikely to be too much between the two sides. A 2-1 scoreline is our prediction for this Group C clash and is available at 8/1 with Net Bet. Statistics This will be Peru’s first World Cup appearance since 1982 Peru haven’t won a game at the tournament since 1978 They reached the quarter-finals in both 1970 and 1978 Peru scored 27 goals during qualifying Denmark did not play at the World Cup until 1986 They reached the quarter-finals in 1998 Denmark to reach the quarter-finals – 9/2 with Bet365 Nicklas Bendtner scored one goal at the 2010 World Cup; he will be hoping to add to his tally. Line Ups 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.