This Group C fixture is set to be a nail-biter. Peru and Denmark will go head to head in what looks likely to be an arm-wrestle for the second qualification spot behind favourites France. A lot is pinned on this game for both sides as you feel a tentative opener will be on the cards, particularly given that the opening round of fixtures at the World Cup since 1990 has seen fewer than three goals occur in 56% of games compared to 52% in the other group matches.
Moreover, Peru have finished in a stalemate in three of their last five against our top-40 ranked sides, with four of them seeing fewer than three goals, while Denmark against similar opposition remain unbeaten from their last eight, drawing half of them, as six had fewer than three goals.
Denmark come into the game as the narrow favourites and since securing their spot in Russia they’ve won two of their four unbeaten games. Meanwhile, Peru, who based on our system are ranked at 12 (seven places higher than Denmark), have won 10 of their last 14 unbeaten matches.
When looking at Ricardo Gareca’s men against our top 26 ranked teams, they’ve drawn three of their last five games, while the Danes have an identical record when facing similar opposition, and we can’t see either side wanting to risk too much.