Betting tip World Cup 2018: France - Peru
Thursday, 21.06.2018 at 17:00 o’clock (CET)
France wants next win
This Thursday France, a big favourite for the World Cup title, will play its second World Cup 2018 match this Thursday. In our World Cup betting tips we naturally provide all important numbers, dates and facts for this duel. Didier Deschamps' team's opponent is Peru. Kick-off is June 21 at 5 PM.
- Opponent struggles with scoring goals
- Stronger roster
- Technically strong team
- Good ball handling
Current form France
France's first performance at the World Cup 2018 wasn't worthy of a possible World Champion. In the end they were able to celebrate a close 2:1 win against Australia. Hardly anybody expected that France will have to fight so hard for that win. Surprisingly it was not the defence that was struggling, but the offensive part of the team, which has been highly praised before the tournament. Thanks to a penalty shot and a Sunday shot Griezmann and Co. started into the tournament successfully after all. It's also a fact though: While other title candidates struggled completely, France got away with a black eye. Interesting: France didn't change up their game enough during the match. We witnessed that France generally didn't have enough movement on offense. Players like Mbappé or Griezmann show, that Didier Deschamps' team has tempo and dynamic and so it was no big surprise that a fast attack led to the first tournament goal. We also made out strengths in standard situations. After 90 minutes they had 5 more or less dangerous shots at the goal resulting from standards. 7 shots at the goal are also a respectable number, but the quality of these shots wasn't good for most parts. So it's a fact: They need to improve, if they want to kick the door towards knock-out stage open after the second game day already. When France was dangerous, then usually over the right side and through PSG youngster Mbappé, who was one of the better players on the field. The same goes for N'Golo Kanté, who was able to fill holes thanks to his running strength and physical strength. So he was able to relieve the young defensive line a bit. One could see their lack of experience in certain situations. An example would be the avoidable hand game by Samuel Umiti before the 1:1. In general France didn't give Australia much statistically. In the end Australia only had one shot at the goal. This was mainly due to the opponent's lack of creativity, however. Therefore this could turn into a problem against Peru’s quick players. It's no discussion though, that France needs to be ranked above their opponent on Thursday personnel wise. Even though it might sound like a cliché, one has to mention France's physical advantages over Peru, especially since the Deschamps-Eleven already was dangerous in standards against Australia. We saw France struggling a bit particularly after Australia switched to a 4-4-2 system, which made the team seem more compact.
Current form Peru
Peru performed very well in their first match against Denmark, but in the end they didn’t get rewarded. Due to their problems with converting chances Peru lost 0:1 to the Scandinavians. Apart from this problem Javier Gareca’s team can be pretty satisfied. They proved to be willing to run and provided a lot of energy over the right side in particular. Also strong: The ball handling of the South Americans. They often played short passes and were able to free themselves from difficult situations. Additionally they often had a lot of tempo on offense and so it can be expected that Peru will force a fast transition game against France as well. One tactical change may be that coach Gareca will put Paolo Guerrero in the starting eleven. The experienced player was very dangerous, once he entered the field. He provided a lot of physical presence in the opponent’s penalty area, that Peru lacked before. Together with Jefferson Farfan this duo could be a problem for France. Additionally Guerrero can score goals, although he wasn’t able to do so in the opening match against Denmark. The statistics showed 6 shots at Denmark’s goal. Peru even missed a penalty shot towards the end of the first half. Even though Christian Cueva missed that shot we believe that he is the most important player in a pretty strong Peruvian midfield. One could also see his quickness and technical qualities in many situations. Peru also played well on defence against Denmark, even though many people believed that they would struggle against a physically strong Danish team in high ball situations. Interesting fact on the side: On average Peru’s team was 9 cm shorter than the opponent and yet Denmark only managed to shot directly at the goal 3 times in 90 minutes. This defensive strength is no novelty though, when considering the preparation matches of the South Americans: Since March 2018 they played 6 matches – including the World Cup opening match – and Peru only received a total of two goals in these. Against Croatia for example they won 2:0. Against a dominant acting team from France, Peru is supposed to find open rooms for counter attacks. Therefore Peru should have some chances against the favourite, since the loss to Denmark was the only one in the last 16 matches. The Gareca-Eleven was able to win the only duel with France in the past 1:0 by the way.
Forecast and Betting Tip
We were impressed by Peru’s performance in their first World Cup 2018 match. Therefore we believe that the underdog isn’t chanceless against France and might score a goal or two. Regarding betting tip we would fall back on the following option: Both teams score – yes.
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