Previews

World Cup bitcoin betting Group C

Aside from the obvious stars in the French ranks, Group C also boasts Christian Eriksen, Christian Cueva, and the veteran Tim Cahill, whose heroics took Australia to Russia against the odds. Peru versus Denmark on day three of the World Cup should be a brilliant game, although whichever side finishes second is unlikely to get much further. The Group C winners will probably draw Croatia, while the runners up face the daunting prospect of Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Here’s a rundown of all four nations:

France (latest odds)

In France, Didier Deschamps presides over arguably the best squad at the World Cup, boasting incredible depth of talent all over the pitch. 

But there’s one problem: Deschamps has proved, not just in their stuttering Euro 2016 but also their less-than-perfect World Cup qualifying campaign, that he may not be the right manager for the job.

Deschamps cagey decisions over the last two years suggest he is paralysed by the amount of options; France do not have a discernable tactical identity, even reverting (though only briefly) to a disjointed 4-4-2 formation in recent matches. They are running out of time to gel as a unit and Deschamps is running out of time to decide which of his outstanding young players should start.

France are prone to lapses in concentration, while the full-back positions remain a glaring weak point. 

In theory, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante offer the perfect mix of defensive and attacking dynamism, while Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Anthony Martial, and Antoine Griezmann should be devastating on the break. Instead, Deschamps doesn’t particularly commit to either possession football or counter-attacking, which might leave them vulnerable when facing an eccentric Peru side or the well-drilled Danish.

France are prone to lapses in concentration, while the full-back positions remain a glaring weak point. It is very tough to predict quite how well they’ll do this summer, but in such a deceptively difficult group Deschamps’ side could be in for a big shock.

Peru (latest odds)

Peru are back for the first time in 36 years after qualifying for the World at the expense of Chile and New Zealand. 

Neutrals have fallen for Ricardo Gareca’s side thanks to their exciting brand of high-pressing, attack-minded football built around a talented young side ready to make waves in Russia. Their romantic journey to the World Cup is one of the most appealing narratives of the group stages.

Two older players Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero (returning from a drugs ban just in time for the finals) lead the attack, but equally important to this team are playmaker Christian Cueva and midfield engine Edison Flores. Both players should attract admirers in Russia.

Peru’s swashbuckling style has lifted them to 11th in the Fifa World Rankings, a place they merit after some big wins against Uruguay, Paraguay and Iceland. Their 0-0 draw with Argentina in October was also noteworthy; Peru only conceded seven goals in eight games in 2017. This is a really fun underdog to keep an eye on. They will certainly expose any brittleness in the France 11.

Denmark (latest odds)

After a period of stagnation, Denmark is very much a nation on the up, primarily because playmaker Christian Eriksen has hit such a rich vein of international form.

The Tottenham Hotspur star scored 11 goals in 12 games prior to the March friendlies, including a hat-trick against Ireland in the play-offs; he is the linchpin of the Denmark side and arguably more crucial to his nation’s success than any other individual player at the 2018 World Cup.

After a period of stagnation, Denmark is very much a nation on the up, primarily because playmaker Christian Eriksen has hit such a rich vein of international form. 

In contrast to Peru, Denmark are a direct team that relies upon a low defensive block and grinding out results. Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen provide a good mix of experience and ball-playing talent in the centre-back positions, Thomas Delaney is an important box-to-box player, and 20-year-old Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg is among the most highly rated young players in Europe. His domestic form has been patchy, but Dolberg could still get the nod up front ahead of Andreas Cornelius and journeyman, Nicklas Bendtner.

Denmark’s qualifying campaign, in which they conceded just eight goals in ten matches, was defined by steadily building momentum after a poor start for then-new manager Age Hareide. Whether that surge continues into June – some seven months after the high of play-off victory – is the biggest question facing the Danish.

Australia (latest odds)

Australia are fortunate to have qualified for the World Cup and, with a new manager only appointed in January 2018, Australian fans won’t be feeling particularly optimistic about finishing second in Group C. 

The Socceroos failed to beat the likes of Thailand and Saudi Arabia in qualifying, squeezing through via two fortunate (and narrow) play-off victories against Syria and Honduras. It would be a big surprise should they finish higher than the more organised Denmark or the more tactically astute Peru.

Then again, Bert van Marwijk is an exciting appointment. The 65-year-old took the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final and was in charge of Saudi Arabia when they qualified directly for the upcoming World Cup (he resigned shortly after). Van Marwijk has already abandoned the 3-4-2-1 that Australia had previously deployed, suggesting he is ready to make big changes ahead of the tournament.

His first two matches in charge, a 4-1 defeat to Norway and a 0-0 draw with Colombia, suggest he has his work cut out. Incredibly, the Socceroos still rely on 38-year-old Tim Cahill to score the majority of their goals, while Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the only other notable talent. Just nine clean sheets from 22 World Cup qualifiers suggest their defence isn’t quite up to scratch, either.

World Cup Group C bitcoin betting contains some fascinating early matches, most notably when the aesthetically-pleasing possession football of Peru clashes with the directness of Denmark on day three. Much may revolve, however, around whether France can click and Australia – lacking quality – can successfully implement a siege mentality. However you fill this pool will pan out, here are a huge range of markets available at Cloudbet for Group C; take advantage of our great value odds, high limits and the advantage of betting on the World Cup with bitcoin.

After the first games

France versus Australia in the World Cup made headlines for reasons that neither team would have really wanted. France scored the first penalty given by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), and a late own goal by Aziz Behich ended some stubborn Australian resilience, giving France the win. A fearsome attacking line up misfired for the bulk of the game. Peru and Denmark also saw an intervention from VAR. Another penalty. Peru had the advantage but this time it wasn't converted. Denmark eventually ran out winners but only by a single goal. This group looks like it could go down to the very last game. Hungry for more? Read our World Cup guide.

About the Author
Cloudbet

Cloudbet

Cloudbet

Posted on 2018-05-02

Cloudbet has a team of contributors that produce high quality content across a range of subjects related to betting and crypto.

Contact us!

Contact us!

Related Articles

Best Soccer Picks This Weekend

Previews

Best Soccer Picks This Weekend

NFL Week Nine: The Best Football Bets

Previews

NFL Week Nine: The Best Football Bets

This Weekend's European Soccer Picks

Previews

This Weekend's European Soccer Picks