France v Peru Betting Tips & Preview
France will likely make attacking changes after scraping past Australia.
France v Peru – Friday 1:00AM, Optus Sport
France managed to get off to winnings ways in a World Cup for the second time on the trot, courtesy of a win over Australia. It wasn’t convincing however, relying on a penalty and a late 80th minute own goal to secure the full three points and Didier Deschamps will certainly want more from his side this week. Peru on the other hand, put in an impressive display but it wasn’t enough to get any points, missing a first-half penalty before going 1-0 down and then failing to break down the Danish defence, with the impressive Kasper Schmeichel proving decisive.
We don’t have much hope for them in this encounter, as they’ve lost 15 of their last 20 matches at neutral and away venues to teams we ranked in the top 11 (we have France 5th). Furthermore, France have won 24 of their last 34 matches since the start of 2016, with two of their three losses in this time coming against sides ranked above Peru.
Didier Deschamps will be looking to reshuffle his attacking options as they failed to penetrate the Australian defence as he’d have expected. The missing element was Olivier Giroud who was left on the bench before coming on and providing the decisive pass to Pogba for his deflected winner. The Chelsea striker has netted in four of his last five starts for his country and against a team that is perceived to be vulnerable in the air he looks great value to get on the scoresheet again.
France have netted at least twice in eight of their last nine matches, with six seeing at least three goals. Since the 2016 Euros they’ve played 23 matches and the most common score has been a 3-1 win, which has occurred four times. Moreover, Peru have managed to score in eight of their last 11 major competition matches since the Copa America in 2015, netting exactly once in five of these, so the 3-1 looks a good value long-shot.