World Cup 2018: Group C Preview, Predictions and Best Bets…

France

France head into this summer’s tournament as third favourites to lift the trophy and it’s little surprise given the rich pool of talent they have to choose from. Fresh-faces have been included in the squad with 15 of their 23 man squad aged 25 or younger, resulting in Les Bleus averaging the second-youngest squad in Russia. However World Cup debutants such as Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele have proved themselves at club level and will no doubt offer Didier Deschamps side plenty of energy and dynamism to help take them deep in the tournament.

Expect…maximum points from Group C and a favourable route to the semi-final.

Key Player: Antoine Griezmann
Group Prediction: 1st
Stage of Elimination: Semi Final
Best Bet: Over 6 Group C Points (8/15)
 
 
 

Australia

Australia needed an extra time playoff win over Syria on the road to Russia, and it was none other than their veteran star Tim Cahill who secured the victory. A 3-1 win over Honduras sealed the deal for The Socceroos, but the qualifying pressure took its toll on their coach Ange Postecoglou who quit following the match. Dutchman Bert van Marwijk is their new head coach and he brings a wealth of experience and was the man that guided Saudi Arabia to automatic qualification for Russia before leaving his post.

Expect…a heavy opening defeat against France to stifle their hopes for progressing further.

Key Player: Aaron Mooy
Group Prediction: 4th
Stage of Elimination: Group Stage
Best Bet: Not to win a Group C game (8/11)
 
 


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Peru

Peru’s qualification was full of controversy to say the very least. In their final match, Peru drew with Colombia, a result which both teams would ultimately benefit from en route to Russia. It was later found that players had openly discussed the outcome of the game, however shockingly neither received disciplinary action from FIFA. On the pitch, they have not lost in 18 months and performed well at the most record Copa America in 2016, topping a group which included Brazil and Ecuador, before exiting on penalties against Colombia in the last eight.

Expect…possession play to help them upset the odds and reach the last 16.

Key Player: Paolo Guerrero
Group Prediction: 2nd
Stage of Elimination: Last 16
Best Bet: To Qualify from Group C (7/4)
 
 
 

Denmark

Denmark are heading to their first major tournament for the first time since 2010, and Danish hopes are high following their most lucrative qualification campaign in over 20 years. Their star player Christian Eriksen, nicknamed ‘Golazo’ because of his spectacular goals, was directly involved in 14 of their 25 goals during qualification, scoring 11 and assisting three, with a hattrick against Republic of Ireland in their playoff match. The Tottenham man has the power to change a game however there’s only so much one man can produce.

Expect…them to over-rely on the powers of Christian Eriksen and get edged out as a result.

Key Player: Christian Eriksen
Group Prediction: 3rd
Stage of Elimination: Group Stage
Best Bet: Under 4 Group C Points (6/4)
 
 


Group C Fixtures

 
June 16 | France v Australia (11:00)
June 16 | Peru v Denmark (17:00)

June 21 | Denmark v Australia (13:00)
June 21 | France v Peru (16:00)

June 26 | Denmark v France (15:00)
June 26 | Australia v Peru (15:00)
 
 

Group C Forecast

 

Group CProjected PointsWin GroupGroup Qualification
France969%96%
Peru415%49%
Denmark213%43%
Australia13%12%

 
 
World Cup 2018 Group Previews:

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

 
 

(Statistics, data and odds correct of date and time published).

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