France are no doubts one of the main contenders to go all the way in Russia and they have to be seen as pretty clear favorites to top their respective group this summer. The main challenge will come from European rivals Denmark who have been brilliant in important wins over Poland and Republic of Ireland last autumn. The Scandinavians will battle Peru and Australia for the second place and the knockout stage of the competition.
Les Bleus: The Skillful Underachievers
France finally have an immensely talented squad capable of huge things at the biggest stage. The team led by Didier Deschamps may have had some unexpected slip-ups (such as the goalless draw vs Luxembourg) in the qualifying group, but their they’ve still managed to top the group A ahead of Denmark’s neighbors Sweden.
You have to be impressed looking at French squad led by the phenomenal Antoine Griezmann who is no doubts one of La Liga’s main stars. The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele will help him in the final third, while Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante are expected to control things at the center of the park. It’s really hard to find the weakness in this squad and France should not have any troubles emerging as the group winners here.
Socceroos on the skids
Australia will be one of the main mysteries of the group and definitely the toughest team to scout since the head coach Ange Postecoglou has leaven the team after eliminating Honduras in the intercontinental playoffs. Dutchman Bert van Marwijk took charge and it will be very interesting to see if he will use a similar 5-4-1 formation.
Aaron Mooy will be the main star after a decent campaign with Huddersfield Town in English Premier League, but the rest of the team just does not bring confidence. Socceroos have barely gone past the likes of Syria in the Asian playoffs (3-2 on aggregate) after coming third in their qualifying group (behind the likes of Japan and Saudi Arabia).
Peru: Golden generation and attacking football
Peru are back at the World Cup after 36 long years as they took advantage of disappointing campaigns the likes of Chile and Paraguay had to win the fifth place in a strong South American qualifying pool. It was their long-term star Jefferson Farfan who has inspired the 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the intercontinental playoffs and Lokomotiv Moscow’s winger will no doubt be Ricardo Gareca’s key weapon in Russia.
The Blanquirroja play attractive attacking football (27-26 goals difference in 18 qualifying matches in South America) and we believe they will have something to say here, especially in fixtures against Denmark and Australia.
Danes got talent
Denmark have earned sympathies of the football public from around the globe when they demolished Republic of Ireland 1-5 in Dublin in the rematch of their playoffs tie. It was an incredible attacking performance from the team led by the Norwegian manager Age Hareide.
Christian Eriksen has been just phenomenal back then, and he was the one who actually inspired Danish qualification with 11 goals during the campaign.
Apart from Tottenham’s star, Denmark have decent attacking options in the likes of Nicolai Jorgensen, Pione Sisto, Nicklas Bendtner and Andreas Cornelius, while the defensive line is super strong with the names of Simon Kjaer, Thomas Christensen and Andres Bjelland.
FIFA World Cup Group C – Predictions and Bet Tips
France will likely top the group, but the second-place battle will be an interesting one as Peru could be a tough challenge for the Danish squad. We, however, do believe that Eriksen can lead his side into the knockout stage and we’ll go with France to win the group & Denmark to come second as our top betting option.
Australia appear to be the weakest of these sides and we will alternatively back Socceroos to finish bottom at 2.00 odds.
Exact Finishing Order (1st & 2nd placed) – France and Denmark @ 2.50
Australia to finish bottom of the group @ 2.00