Today’s Predictions: Peru Vs Denmark
Peru 0 – 1 Denmark
South American nation Peru kick-start their World Cup campaign with a tricky clash against a resilient Danish side in the seventh game of the tournament.
- Date : 16th June 2018
- Time : 9:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Saransk Stadium
With Denmark returning to the World Cup after missing the last edition, their young crop of players will be looking to get an early lead against Peru in a tricky group, as Argentina are anyway favourites to top their group.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Denmark had a solid qualifying campaign, finishing as runners up behind Poland to reach the playoffs. Though they suffered a disastrous loss to Montenegro, they bounced back better than ever and thumped eventual group winners Poland 4-0. They kept several clean sheets and eventually thrashed Ireland 5-1 in aggregate in the European Playoff, with Christian Eriksen scoring a sublime hattrick.
Peru had quite an eventful qualifying campaign, which began in the worst possible fashion as they were languishing with just 4 points in their last 7 matches. However, their manager found the perfect blend of youth and experience and turned the campaign around in some style. Huge wins over Paraguay and Ecuador fired Peru towards an international playoff against New Zealand, who were no match for the South Americans.
Denmark have been in decent form of late, unbeaten in their last 6 matches. However, their only two wins during that run came against Panama and Republic Of Ireland. They have struggled in attack, scoring just once in 4 draws, but have been defensively solid as well, with just two goals conceded during that run.
Peru have been in brilliant form over the past year. They haven’t lost a single game since a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in November 2016. They have won their last 4 matches on the trot, including impressive victories against Croatia and Iceland. They enter this tournament with full confidence.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never against played each other in a recognized match before.
Denmark have a few injury troubles affecting them, none more so than their striker and probably the most popular player Nicklas Bendtner, who pulled out of the final squad due to a recurring injury. The team has been revolved around the maestro Christian Eriksen as expected, with plenty of flair and physicality in store.
Peru received a huge boost when the FIFA ban on marquee player Paolo Guerrero was lifted recently, and he was cleared to play the World Cup. Apart from that the team has developed a possession style brand of football, which has earned them brilliant victories recently and are looking in good shape to make a mark at the World Cup.
Players To Watch Out For
Denmark’s undisputed main man to watch is Tottenham Hotspur’s brilliant attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen. Though he is more famous for his assists and overall vision, his impeccable long range shooting also enabled him to be his nation’s top scorer in qualifying with 11 goals. Young forward Nicolai Jorgensen is expected to lead the line and scored 21 goals for Feyenoord last season.
Peru would be glad to have Paolo Guerrero back in the squad, as his leadership qualities will help them push forward. He is one of their biggest names and would be looking to be amongst the goals. Andre Carillo and Christian Cuevas are the other big name forwards expected to make a difference for them.
Denmark Vs Peru Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Denmark are slight favourites going into this contest, even though Peru are the team in form.
- Peru are playing their first FIFA World Cup since 1982, after a massive gap of 36 years. Their last victory in this tournament was in the 1978 edition.
- Denmark’s first appearance in this tournament was in 1986, and they even reached the quarters in 1998.
- Peru scored 27 goals during the qualifiers and are actually unbeaten in almost 18 months, a stat which makes us believe they can get something out of this game, and hence we suggest betting on a draw.
- Peru have a knack of conceding from set pieces, and Eriksen is a set piece specialist. Hence, we strongly advise you to bet on Eriksen to score at anytime.
Denmark are ranked much higher than Peru, and have much more World Cup experience in recent years, however, they are not in the best of forms, while Peru have been brushing aside everyone in front of them for more than a year now. They have found a lethal combination of youth and experience and their fans are very hopeful of a good showing. Hence, we believe that Peru can grab a crucial point in this fixture.
Our Predicted Scoreline: Denmark 1-1 Peru