France vs. Peru betting tips, preview and Predictions
21st June 2018 – 16.00 GMT
Group C Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg TV: RTE
France and Peru lock horns in what is both nations’ second fixture in Group C. Les Bleus start the match as strong favourites and will expect to move towards sealing a place in the round of 16 with a victory. Peru, likely to be battling with Denmark and Australia for the other qualification spot, will try to grind out a result.
This game is set to be finely balanced with France slight favourites against the South American side. Peru may believe they need a victory if they are to enter the final day with strong hopes of progression, but the European Championships runners-up should edge this fixture, available at 8/15.
This is the second match of Group C between France and Peru, which could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies from the group. A penalty and own goal saw Didier Deschamps’ side overcome Australia in their opening group game while Peru lost out to Denmark.
Peru have conceded just two goals in their last eight outings although France have scored in each of their last 10 matches, stretching back to their scoreless draw with Luxembourg last November. However, fewer than 2.5 goals at Evens appears to represent value.
Both teams to score
This is likely be a game of few goals and likely to be dominated by cagey play. However, Peru know they must score – and likely win – if they are to stand a strong chance of progression while with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in their ranks, it is impossible to rule out the French from getting on the scoresheet. Both teams to score is available at 10/11.
- Peru have won the only previous meeting between the sides, 1-0 in a friendly, April 1982
- Olivier Giroud has scored 31 international goals for France, more than any other player in the squad for Les Bleus
- France World Cup Top Scorer Odds – 8/1
- Going into the tournament, Peru had six clean sheets from their past seven matches
- Peru’s defeat to Denmark was their first defeat in 16 internationals
- The South American side lost their opener and now must aim to gain at least four points against France and then Australia
- Peru to qualify for second round – 11/2
Why Should I Bet on France against Peru?
A VAR-assisted win for France over Australia in their opening World Cup fixture didn’t exactly confirm Les Bleus’ status as one of the tournament favourites. Indeed, Didier Deschamps’ side were ponderous on the ball and lethargic off it, and an energetic Peru – who should have gotten something against Denmark – could take advantage.
That said, France are still deservedly the favourites for the contest, coming in at 8/15. There’s simply too much talent in the squad to envisage another 90 minutes of toil, though if that is how the match transpires then Denmark should feel confident when they meet France in the third fixture. Peru are as big as 13/2, with the draw around 3/1.
Antoine Griezmann was nerveless from the penalty spot against the Aussies but didn’t last the match, taken off for Olivier Giroud before the final whistle. Perhaps the strain of choosing Atletico Madrid or Barcelona was too much for the in-demand forward. Griezmann should still start but with Giroud, rather than instead of, as the Chelsea striker’s aerial threat and ability to occupy opposing centre-backs, thus creating space for the likes of Griezmann, could come in handy. Giroud is 7/2 to score the first goal.
Peru meanwhile might look to the experienced Paulo Guerrero, who needed a later reprieve from suspension to even be in Russia. He’s available at 13/2 to break the deadlock while Christian Cueva, who missed a penalty against Denmark while the game was goalless, is available at 12/1 but who knows if Peru will leave him on spot kick duty or not.
If France get it right then for all Peru’s vibrant attacking play, they should win with comfort. They should also do so without conceding, as the only real threat Australia posed was when Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled in the penalty area. A 2-0 France win is 11/2 and eminently possible.
That said, Peru have a taste of the World Cup and won’t want to head home after the group stage. They are certainly not out of their depth in the tournament and are capable of causing problems for the French. A 1-1 draw at 13/2 isn’t out of the question, and nor is a 2-1 Peru win at 16/1.
France 0-1 Peru – Friendly – 28th April, 1982
World Cup Qualifiers
Didier Deschamps’ side didn’t have it all their own way during qualifying despite their star-studded team. France eventually finished four points clear of Sweden and the Netherlands to in Group A. Defeat to the Swedes and a humiliating goalless draw with Luxembourg in Toulouse shows there’s still plenty of work to do for Les Bleus.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Antoine Griezmann – 4 goals
Olivier Giroud – 4 goals
Peru qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1982, beating New Zealand 2-0 in a two-legged play-off after finishing fifth in CONMEBOL qualifying. The Peruvians sneaked into the top five during the last matches of qualifying, drawing 1-1 with Colombia while Chile lost in Brazil.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Paolo Guerrero – 5 goals
Edison Flores – 5 goals
- Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.
- Defenders – Lucas Hernandez, Adil Rami, Benjamin Pavard, Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Mendy, Presnel Kimpembe.
- Midfielders – N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso.
- Forwards – Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Nabil Fekir, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin.
- Goalkeepers – Pedro Gallese, Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo.
- Defenders – Aldo Corzo, Luis Advincula, Alberto Rodriguez, Christian Ramos, Luis Abram, Miguel Trauco, Miguel Araujo, Anderson Santamaria.
- Midfielders – Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo Hurtado, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Andy Polo, Wilder Cartagena.
- Forwards – Jefferson Farfan, Jefferson Farfan, Raul Ruidiaz.
|France 1.34 | Draw 4.73 | Peru 10.00