There are a few nations that we expect to see at the FIFA World Cup every single time, with teams like Brazil, Germany, and France heading the list. Part of the fun of the FIFA World Cup, though, is getting to see those teams who make rare appearances. There are a few teams in Russia who will be making their first-ever appearance, while some will be there after an extended absence. Peru are one of the teams who fall into that latter category, as it has been 36 years since they last graced the world’s biggest sporting event. We will talk more about their path to Russia a little later, but we also need to spend some time on the team that Peru will open their campaign against. Denmark will be making only their 4th ever appearance at the FIFA World Cup, and this will be the first time that these two teams will ever have gone head to head. That makes for a tough game to handicap and predict, but that is exactly what we are going to do right now.


Game Information

🏆: #WorldCup
⚽: Peru Vs Denmark (Group Stage, Group C, Matchday 1 of 3)
🏟️: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
⏰: Saturday, June 16 at 12 PM EST
📺: FOXSports
🎰: Denmark pk, -½ +100 | +135 | O 2 -125


2018 FIFA World Cup: Expert Pick to Win Group C


Why bet on Peru

Peru took a bit of a long and winding road to Russia, but they also proved that they are a team that can rise up when the going gets tough. They looked to be dead and buried in South American qualifying, but they found a way to pick up points in their last 5 games, which allowed them to get into a home and home playoff with New Zealand for the final available spot at the World Cup. Peru won that series by a 2-0 aggregate score, becoming the final team to qualify. Peru are not really a team that scores a lot of goals, so the news that their formerly suspended striker, Paolo Guerrero, was going to be allowed to play at the World Cup will have given them a boost. The goal from the opening game will be to at least get a point, as it likely going to be the French who run away with this group, leaving just one open spot for the next round.

FIFA World Cup Peru Vs Denmark 1


Why bet on Denmark

If things go as we expect them to in Group C, it is likely to be Denmark and Peru that are fighting for that second qualification spot. That makes this game perhaps the most important of the bunch, as neither team can really afford to take a loss here. Denmark are similar to Peru in that they needed to go on a great run at the end of qualifying to get in, picking up points in a playoff. They are also similar to Peru in that they don’t offer up much in the way of an attacking threat. This is a team that does not really boast a world class striker, so they will probably be pinning a lot of their hopes on Christian Eriksen, who is coming off a very solid year with Tottenham in the EPL.

Denmark are similar to Peru in that they needed to go on a great run at the end of qualifying to get in

FIFA World Cup Peru Vs Denmark 2


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that both of these teams are going to be scared to lose, so expect a tight affair with little in the way of scoring opportunities. I am looking at a draw and the UNDER.

Predicted Score: Peru 0 Denmark 0


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