Group Stage C: FRA vs. PER
France vs. Peru June 21, 2018 11:00 AM (TV FOX) Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia
After a 1-0 defeat their last time out, Peru will be faced with a “must-win” situation when they take on France on Thursday in Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia; a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Needing a win to stay alive in Group Stage C play, the South Americans will take to the field with a sense of urgency as they prepare for the French, who sit atop the standings with 3 points tied along with Denmark.
Will Peru be able to recover after a heartbreaking defeat to the Danesin which Christian Cueva missed a goal on a penalty kick or will the French smell blood in the water and end Perus World Cup journey?
But, after their first return to the World Cup following a 36-year absence, Peru isn’t ready to go home feeling they have the talent to compete with the world’s best teams. To find success against the French, Peru will need their all-time leading scorer and captain in Paolo Guerrero to attack at every opportunity.
For France who are favored to win and earn another 3 points, they can put themselves in the driver’s seat with one game remaining against Denmark, but they looked anything but impressive following a 2-1 victory over Australia in their opener.
French head coach Didier Deschamps will have to have his team ready against what will be a desperate South American team that will leave it all on the field. Citing a better defensive performance will be needed if they want to defeat Peru, France still feels all the pressure will be on the South Americans.
With a team like Peru that likes to open up the playing field, it should give the French more space to attack which should be good news for 19 year old Kylian Mbappe after a quiet opener against the Aussies.
With a sense of desperation in the air for Peru entering this matchup, will their wide open style of play play dividends in bringing a victory or will they see their World Cup journey come to an end? For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this FRA vs. PER matchup, MyBookie is favoring France (-180 ML) over Peru (+541 ML) with an over/under of 2.5 total game goals scored from XBet; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 2.5 total game goals scored for this matchup.