France and Peru come into their second game at the World Cup after very different results in their opening fixtures. Les Bleus were hugely fortunate in the manner of their winning goal against Australia, while Peru missed a hatful of chances in their 1-0 defeat against Denmark.
Where and when: Ekaterinburg Arena – 21 June, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see France vs. Peru: ITV
Last time: It’s going to be an international first on Thursday, as these two countries have never played against each other before.
|Mbappe to score first||6/1||Offer|
|France to win to nil||6/4||Offer|
|Peru/France half time/ full time||24/1||Offer|
France v Peru Predictions and Preview
After all the fanfare surrounding their return to the biggest stage of all after an absence of 36 years, Peru are left needing a result against a strong France team in their second game. However, Les Bleus were unconvincing in their win over the Socceroos, and Peru will look to get in their faces on Thursday.
France started their game against Australia like a house on fire, but their performance soon dampened and Paul Pogba’s deflected poke turned out to be the eventual winner. Didier Deschamps will expect more from his players on Thursday, and in particular the attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.
Les Bleus are 8/15 for the win, so they’re the clear favourites in the betting. Peru are available at 15/2, which could be worth a punt after some of the football they played against Denmark. Nifty on the ball, the Danes’ defensive game was perfect for nullifying the Peruvian threat, but France will be more attack-minded which could make them vulnerable on the break.
Few will expect Peru to take anything from this game, but they are priced at 19/5 for the draw. Los Incas do have the ability to control the ball and put together some nice passing moves, and claiming a point against the beaten Euro 2016 finalists would be a huge vindication for their head coach Ricardo Gareca.
The Peru boss could bring captain Paolo Guerrero into the starting line-up after preferring Jefferson Farfan against Denmark. As well as the controversy surrounding his lifted doping ban, Guerrero was judged to be not ready for 90 minutes, but could get the nod up top in this second game.
Deschamps meanwhile could shake up his side after a disappointing showing against the Aussies. Olivier Giroud provided a focal point when he came on, while Monaco’s Thomas Lemar didn’t even make it off the bench.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe ended up having a quiet game against Australia after a positive start. He is 6/1 to score the first goal, and 15/8 to bag in a France win.
One to watch for Peru: It’s been an interesting run-up to the World Cup for Paolo Guerrero, and he’ll be keen to let his football do the talking from now on. Peru’s record goalscorer is 10/1 to score first.
Long shot: Peru have the potential to upset the odds in this game, and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see them take the lead. Peru/France in a half time/full time bet is 24/1, as Les Bleus come from behind to take the points.