France can maintain their perfect start to World Cup 2018 with victory against Peru on Thursday afternoon.
Les Bleus failed to sparkle in their opening fixture against Australia, but a late own goal saw Didier Deschamps’ charges squeeze past the Socceroos on Saturday.
France are firm favourites to win this one, with Coral making Les Bleus a 4/7 (1.57) chance to take all three points against the side from South America; the same firm go 14/5 (3.80) that this match ends all square.
After being beaten by Denmark in their first World Cup fixture in 36 years, Peru will feel that they must win against France if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the next round.
History is against Ricardo Gareca’s men, though, for Peru have failed to win any of their last seven World Cup finals matches and Coral offer a chunky 5/1 (6.0) that Los Incas buck that trend here.
Peru’s all-time record goalscorer, Paolo Guerrero, is pushing for a start after coming off the bench against Denmark, while Christian Cueva will be desperate to make amends after missing a penalty against the Danes.
Didier Deschamps must decide on whether to start Olivier Giroud alongside Antoine Griezmann; the Chelsea striker provided the assist for his side’s late winner against Australia.
Peru have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four victories and Coral go 9/2 (5.50) that the South American side keep Les Bleus at bay, while the same firm go 9/1 (10.0) that Los Incas win to nil against France.
Peru will be forced to push forward in pursuit of a vital victory and, while Gareca’s team appear to be more comfortable on the front foot, it is a tactic that could leave gaps at the back for Les Bleus to exploit.
This game, therefore, seems likely to produce goals and Coral’s even money (2.0) quote for at least three goals to be scored could represent good value for punters ahead of Thursday’s tussle.
Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) for a 3pt stake with Coral