France vs Peru preview, betting tips and prediction
Les Bleus must improve on unconvincing Australia display
France to win at HT/FT @ 11/8 with Coral
France were far from convincing in their opening game of the World Cup, but that has been a common theme for all of the teams predicted to go far in the tournament this summer. They needed second half goals from Antoine Griezmann, courtesy of VAR, and Paul Pogba to squeeze past Australia, but they did kick off the campaign with three crucial points. Now they face a Peru side that looked like a lot of fun to watch against Denmark last week, but ultimately will be there for the taking. They played with high intensity and pressure and can count themselves a little bit unlucky not to have gotten something from the game, but we can only see a France win in this one, particularly because Peru will play more open than Australia did,
If Saturday’s game showed anything, it was that Didier Deschamps has not found the right formula to get the best out of his star-studded squad. On paper, starting Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele and Griezmann appeared to be a great option, but they lacked cohesion and that meant Les Bleus struggled badly to unlock the Socceroos defence. They seemed much more confortable when Olivier Giroud, who was unlucky not to start, and Nabil Fekir came on, so perhaps France will make some changes for this game. Peru, too, surprised many by not starting their leading goalscorer Paolo Guerrero, but he should start in this one.
Griezmann and Pogba got on the scoresheet in the last game, but our tip for an anytime goalscorer is Mbappé. He can be found at 7/5, and although he didn’t have the best of times against Australia, Peru’s propensity to attack should mean he gets more space to stretch his legs and show his true quality in front of goal. The likelihood is France will win the game to nil at 7/5.
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