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2018 World Cup Group C Tips and predictions

Who will win Group C? Which nations will make it through to the knockout stage? Our experts share their tips and predictions.

Group C World Cup Standings

TeamPlayedPoints
France00
Australia00
Peru00
Denmark00

Group C World Cup 2018 Teams

France

Beaten finalists as the host nation at Euro 2016, France will be hoping to put that bitter disappointment behind them when they travel to Russia this summer in search for their first World Cup title since 1998. Perennial tournament favourites, this French side is filled with star quality throughout and will go deep into the tournament should the likes of Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all perform to their potential.

Didier Deschamps is now entering his third major tournament as France coach and their defeat to Portugal in the Stade de France will only motivate both he and his team to earn redemption this summer.

However, this is a country who have now lost each of their last two major finals in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2016 and will be desperate not to make it three in a row should they reach the final come July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Few other nations will be able to compete with both the quality and depth boasted by this French squad, who will inevitably have some high-profile omissions when it comes to trimming the squad down to just 23 players.

Australia

The Socceroos have slowly but surely established themselves as regular faces at the World Cup, with this being the fourth successive tournament in which they will feature. Having ended a 32-year wait for an appearance at the World Cup in 2006, thus will now be their fifth overall visit to the tournament, though this Australia side appears to be lacking in comparison with their predecessors.

Previous Australian sides have had the likes of Lucas Neill, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka to call upon, but they are lacking the quality now they once enjoyed. That said, Australia qualified comfortably for the World Cup, losing just once during the process and overcame their intercontinental play-off with Honduras 3-1 on aggregate.

They also come into this tournament off the back of real disruption, having seen previous manager Ange Postecoglou surprisingly resign shortly after leading his team to qualification, with the experienced Bert van Marwijk now taking charge.

38-year-old Tim Cahill remains the fan favourite in this team but could see his involvement limited slightly in what will be his final World Cup.

Peru

Peru really upset the applecart in South American qualifying, sneaking into the World Cup finals after finishing fifth in the group of 10. In recent years, there has become a ‘big five’ of South American sides in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile, however, the latter missed out after losing to Peru on goal difference.

They were especially reliant on their home form getting them out of the group stages, having lost just twice in their nine games on their native land and a 92nd minute goal from Paolo Guerrero in their 4-3 defeat to Chile ultimately swing the goal difference in their favour.

Guerrero, along with fellow veteran forward Jefferson Farfan, has been waiting for an entire career for an appearance at a World Cup and the pair were crucial in breaking a 36-year wait for their country. Peru last competed at a World Cup finals in 1982 and this will be a historic moment for their country, who defied all odds to qualify.

Denmark

Denmark make their return to the World Cup this summer after a one-tournament absence in 2014, with the goal of making the knockout stages for the first time since 2002. Suffering just two defeats in their 12 games during qualification, they showed they are a strong defensive side having conceded only nine goals during that time, keeping five clean sheets.

Christian Eriksen is the best player in Group C not wearing a France shirt, which should give Denmark a tremendous advantage, particularly when games are tight and they are in need of a moment of magic. Eriksen was pivotal in them qualifying for the tournament, having scored a hat-trick in their play-off with Republic of Ireland.

Shock winners of Euro 92, Denmark haven’t yet come close to repeating the success of their most famous side in history, but do have previous of beating France at a major tournament, having done so in their last World Cup appearance in 2002.

Group C Fixtures

Saturday 16th June - 11:00 BST
France v Australia
Kazan Arena, Kazan

Saturday 16th June - 17:00 BST
Peru v Denmark
Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Thursday 21st June - 13:00 BST
Denmark v Australia
Samara Arena, Samara

Thursday 21st June - 16:00 BST
France v Peru
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Tuesday 26th June - 15:00 BST
Australia v Peru
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Tuesday 26th June - 15:00 BST
Denmark v France
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Group C predictions and betting tips - World Cup 2018

Group C - Winner Tip

The French have been thrown up some intriguing contests and matchups with Group C, but nothing that should be too strenuous that they shouldn’t be able to come out on top. 

The schedule of the draw has also helped Deschamps’ side, who face Australia in their first game before meeting Peru on matchday two of Group C. As such, they will play their toughest assignment, Denmark, on the final day of the group stages - by which point they will hope to have already made it to the last 16 of the competition. 

That may well see them take their foot off the gas slightly and make changes for their third and final game, but even then they should still finish top of the group and progress to face the runners-up of Group D. 

Striker Griezmann won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 and he will fancy his chances of getting a headstart on the World Cup Golden Boot in these early games.

Group C - Runner-up Tip

Aside from France, the group is relatively open for any side to come and take second place, with no particularly outstanding favourites to take the spot, although Denmark stand the best chance of doing so. 

Midfielder Eriksen is one of the top players in his position at the World Cup and will be crucial to his side’s chances of progressing this summer. Like France, they benefit from having their most difficult game last in the group stages, though that does add extra pressure on Denmark to win their first two games to make the last one as comfortable as possible. 

Both Peru and Australia lack the talent and experience of this Danish squad, which should see them go through behind France, who will be expected to win their clash on the last game of the groups.

Group C - Finish bottom Tip

Of the four sides in the group, Australia look the weakest of all and may well have a real struggle in competing for points. They failed to win any of their three games at the Confederations Cup last summer in Russia and the makeup of their squad suggests they will be the weakest of all four sides.

Manager Bert van Marwijk has only recently taken over as manager of this team, which really begs the question as to how well prepared they are going to be for this competition, now listening to a manager whose message may well be completely different to that of the previous regime.

It will likely be between they and Peru who will battle it out for third place and avoid the dishonour of finishing bottom of the pile. However, Peru should be too strong for them having finished ahead of back-to-back Copa America champions Chile in qualifying.

Group C World Cup 2018 - Final Standings Prediction

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World Cup Group C Betting Tips - #TeamFT Predictions

Phil Lowe

Talk about a dream draw for France. They should progress from Group C with three comfortable wins, and a good start will likely even allow Les Blues to rest some of their key players ahead of the knockout stages of the tournament.
 
Australia seem highly unlikely to threaten in Russia, meaning Denmark and Peru will almost certainly battle it out for the runner-up spot. The Danes were less than convincing during their qualifying campaign, but I think they may just have enough to edge second place in the group ahead of the South Americans.
 
With Australia having little chance of picking up any points from this group, I think the tricast is worth looking at. France to top the group ahead of Denmark and Peru can be backed at 5/2 with William Hill at time of writing.

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