By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 21st June 2018
Les Bleus are 11/20 to build on their uneasy victory over Australia with a win against Peru whilst the South Americans are unfancied at 5/1. A draw is betting at 3/1 in the second match clash of Group C.
A kind VAR decision gave France the lead against Australia before an own-goal from Aziz Behich proved to be the fortunate winner. Australia face off against Denmark a few hours before this fixture.
In contrast, Peru were unfortunate not to get anything against Denmark. They blew a penalty over the bar and missed an extraordinary amount of chances, swarming the Danish penalty box for the majority of the game.
Peru had come into this tournament in fine form, unbeaten in their last 15 matches. Jefferson Farfan to score and Peru to win was 10/1 but now stands at 12/1.
France team news – Les Bleus to shuffle their forward line
Paolo Guerrero, only able to play after a Swiss tribunal lifted a 14-month drugs ban, came on in the second half against Denmark a had a few chances of his own. The captain and all-time top scorer of the side will hope he can be the difference in what would be a fairy tale win for a national side at it’s first World Cup since 1982.
France could elect to bring in Blaise Matuidi and Nabil Fekir for Corentin Tolisso and Ousmane Dembele. Should he make an appearance against Peru, Hugo Lloris will earn his 100th cap for the national team and will become the first goalkeeper to reach this milestone for France. France to win and over 2.5 goals is betting at 29/20.
N’Golo Kante fires a thinly-veiled shot – Antoine Griezmann to score and France to win @ 6/4.
France coach Didier Deschamps faced criticism for his team selection and tactics against Peru whilst N’golo Kante fired a thinly-veiled shot at his forwards saying “pressing must be the work of the collective, and it starts with the attackers.”
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.