Sunday 26th May 2019

World Cup Group C Preview: France A Heavy Favorite To Advance

World Cup Group C Preview: France A Heavy Favorite To Advance

We proceed our 2018 World Cup group previews with Group C today. This assortment of groups boasts plenty of expertise, however definitely one favourite above all others. France is likely one of the favorites to hoist the cup in Russia, so it’s no shock Les Bleus are extensively anticipated to skate by way of Group C. However Peru and Denmark might have one thing to say about that, when you can by no means rely out the plucky Australians.

Earlier 2018 World Cup Group Breakdowns:

Group A, Group B

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, FRANCE

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Antoine Griezmann enters the World Cup as France’s go-to choice on offense, and with good purpose. The 27-yr-previous has scored in seventy nine of his 142 La Liga appearances for Atlético Madrid since becoming a member of the squad in 2014. He can play on both wing or as an attacking midfielder,however anticipate France to deploy him as a striker.

Although he’s top-of-the-line finishers on the planet, Griezmann is flexible and may arrange objectives in addition to rating them. Fast, technical and powerful for his measurement, he’s harmful each time he steps on the pitch.

N’GOLO KANTE, FRANCE

Paul Pogbaand Kylian Mbappé are additionally French candidates for this spot, however N’Golo Kanté could be Les Bleus’ most necessary participant. Regardless of being simply 5’6″ Kante is an absolute powerhouse within the midfield.

Kanté was a key a part of Premier League championship runs for Leicester Metropolis in 2016 and Chelsea in 2017. He was named Premier League Participant of the Yr for the 2016-17 season and the French Participant of the Yr in 2017.

He’s a stellar tackler and reads performs and the pitch in addition to anybody on the planet. Kanté can also be a superb passer and is able to beginning assaults from deep in his personal finish. Every little thing this loaded French groups does will begin with he and Pogba within the midfield.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN, DENMARK

Christian Eriksen is the most effective participant Denmark will placed on the pitch in Russia and has been for a while. An attacking midfielder, the 26-yr-previous is lastly reaching his full potential with Tottenham Hotspur. He was named to the Premier League Group of the Yr for the 2017-18 marketing campaign, and has been named Danish Football Participant of the Yr in 4 of the final 5 years.

Eriksen has scored 15 objectives in his final 20 nationwide workforce appearances (together with eleven in World Cup qualifying) and he’ll should maintain that tempo up for Denmark to have a profitable run in Russia.

THE PARTICIPANTS

FRANCE

World Cup Finals Appearances: 14
Greatest Finishes: Champions in 1998, Runners-up in 2006
FIFA World Rank: 7

The French are one of many pre-event favorites as we head to Russia and it’s not shocking. Boasting a deep and tremendous-gifted lineup, Les Bleus must be an offensive powerhouse. Between Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembélé, objectives shouldn’t be an issue.

The problems might be on the again for France, however that doesn’t imply the staff is brief on expertise. Actual Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti will probably anchor the again line, and if Hugo Lloris can keep strong in internet this squad might be left standing on the finish.

The French are the heavy favorites on this group and it’s not exhausting to see why. The most effective XI this staff can placed on the sector will stack up towards anybody.

PERU

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Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: four
Greatest End: Quarterfinals in 1970
FIFA World Rank: eleven

It has been an extended street again to the World Cup for Peru, which has confronted a 36-yr drought. Lastly Los Incas are again and able to make a run. Sadly, they may face a troublesome process escaping this group.

Striker Jefferson Farfán is nearly sure to be the workforce’s rock offensively. Workforce captain and all-time main scorer Paolo Guerrero was banned after a constructive drug check, however simply gained an attraction in a Swiss Courtroom and is now more likely to play.

Renato Tapia is a heck of a younger midfielder, whereas Andre Carrillo and Christian Cueva can put strain on opposing again strains. With the 33-yr-previous Farfán main, this could possibly be a harmful squad.

One factor to remember is that Peru hasn’t misplaced in 12 matches. Los Incas are eight-zero-four since a loss to Brazil in November of 2016. This staff is aware of learn how to win. Regardless of robust exams in Group C, Peru ought to battle for second place.

DENMARK

Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: four
Greatest End: Quarterfinals in 1998
FIFA World Rank: 12

As talked about above, Eriksen is likely one of the greatest gamers on the earth and as a 26-yr-previous at his first World Cup, anticipate some fireworks. Denmark has missed out on two of the final three World Cups, so qualifying for Russia was an enormous deal. Eriksen and firm shall be hungry for some success.

Eriksen, ahead Niklas Bendtner, and defender and captain Simon Kjaer would be the management spine of the squad, whereas Kasper Schmeichel ought to be regular in internet. Pione Sisto is an thrilling midfielder with a ton of talent, whereas younger Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen might emerge as a star for the Danes. Control 23-yr-previous ahead Yussuf Poulsen, he’s an enormous (6’four″) goal who might come in useful if the staff wants a objective.

Denmark is already pegged as a possible sleeper decide to advance deep within the event. This staff will rise or fall with Eriksen. If he’s as sensible as many anticipate, the Danes might go on a run.

AUSTRALIA

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Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: four
Greatest Finishes:
 Spherical of sixteen in 2006
FIFA World Rank: forty

The Socceroos are again within the World Cup after a dismal efficiency in 2014, the place they went zero-three with a minus-6 aim differential. However they’re able to battle this time with out Tim Cahill because the staff’s most important attraction. The 38-yr-previous Cahill will probably be available, however he’s not the centerpiece of the squad anymore.

Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak is the group captain and chief for the Aussies. The 33-yr-previous has 18 objectives in seventy five profession caps for the nationwide group. Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan may have his arms full, however he’s proven the power to make unimaginable saves all through his profession.

If the Aussies can pressure a draw towards Denmark of their second match, they might enter the ultimate recreation of the group stage with one thing to play for. That have to be the technique: make video games ugly and play for second place.

MATCH SCHEDULE

June sixteen: France vs. Australia (Kazan), 6 a.m. ET/three a.m. PT

June sixteen: Peru vs. Denmark (Saransk), 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT

June 21: France vs. Peru (Yekaterinburg), eight a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT

June 21: Denmark vs. Australia (Samara), eleven a.m. ET/eight a.m. PT

June 26: Australia vs. Peru (Sochi), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT

June 26: Denmark vs. France (Moscow), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT

THE ODDS

ALL ODDS TO WIN GROUP VIA ODDSCHECKER (PERCENTAGE CHANCE TO ADVANCE IN PARENTHESES)

FRANCE four/9 (ninety one%)

DENMARK 9/2 (60%) 

PERU 12/1 (29%)

AUSTRALIA 22/1 (20%)

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