France eventually beat Australia in their opener, but their performance levels against what was meant to be the weakest side in Group C will give Didier Deschamps plenty to think about heading into the match against Peru. Given that Denmark also won their first game, three points on Thursday would effectively book Les Bleus into the last-16.
The biggest concern is that the French lacked fluidity all over the pitch, with a fortuitous Paul Pogba strike getting them over the line. Their third game against Denmark next week could well act as a play-off for first place, though another level will have to be found if they are to reach the latter stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Deschamps may well make changes to his starting 11 having seen his side toil last weekend, with Blaise Matuidi likely to get a start ahead of Corentin Tolisso in the midfield three next to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. The full-backs against Australia – Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez – may also be dropped after lacking attacking intent.
Peru are appearing at their first World Cup since 1982 but lost 1-0 to Denmark in matchday one and need at least a point against France to realistically stand a chance of advancing to the second round. The South Americans were unbeaten from November 2016 until the tournament began so they will need to show some of that solidity in Yekaterinburg.
There are plenty of odds markets for Denmark vs Australia and 99 for this fixture with Tipbet. France are 1.65 to keep their winning start going and Antoine Griezmann is likely to once again to be their main attacking threat – the Atletico Madrid forward is 2.55 to find the net again at any time. Peru are given a reasonable chance of avoiding defeat and are available at 3.90 to draw, with a Double Chance bet 2.20.
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