Quality is crammed into World Cup 2018 Group C, with three of the four protagonists – France, Peru and Denmark – residing in the top 12 of FIFA’s world rankings, while only one Pot four team currently ranks above quartet completers, Australia.
Here we run through some of the best bets from this particular pool, with disappointment looming for the Danes.
Peru to qualify – 13/8
Despite the density of well-ranked teams, any pre-tournament prognostications that had France in first place and Australia in fourth once World Cup 2018 Group C is all over would be tough to quibble.
That, in effect, leaves Peru and Denmark in a shootout for second.
The Danes are currently 8/13 favourites to follow France into the knockout phase, but La Blanquirroja – who are unbeaten since 2016 – are capable of coming out on top in this particular duel.
Only Brazil and Uruguay won more matches and scored more goals throughout a fiercely competitive South American qualifying campaign. Seven clean sheets in their last nine outings, against opponents ranging from Argentina to New Zealand, showcases defensive smarts too.
Peru face Denmark in their opening group game and victory is almost imperative if either side hopes to progress. For Peru, containing Tottenham schemer Christian Eriksen will be key to achieving it.
The supreme string-puller Spurs fans are familiar with is more of a master marksman on the international stage, with seven goals in his last seven competitive games. Only one other Dane has managed more than one in that time.
France/Peru straight forecast – 3/1
This is essentially a means to bolster the odds on a Peru qualification bet.
The ridiculous depth available to Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps is outlined by the fact that Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette, Kingsley Coman and Adrien Rabiot are among the raft of stars who didn’t even make his World Cup squad.
Deschamps has guided France to group-stage wins in both his major tournaments as manager and a failure to make it three from three in Russia will register as a huge surprise.