Notable French Footballers:
Antoine Greizmann (Atlético Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain, PSG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
France is stacked and is entering the prime of this group’s world cup qualifying years. The notable players above are just a few of the top names that are at this club’s disposal. This is arguably the best world cup team France has had since their world championship in 1998.
France currently holds a FIFA world cup ranking of 9, but the players on the team are capable of being #1 in the world as a unit if they are playing well together. The main complaint about French teams is the ideology of the players. France has most recently been famous for falling apart at the 2010 World cup held in South Africa and barely being able to field a team for the final match of the group stage.
France is far from the unit that embarrassed French citizens in 2010. Its players have completely changed and so has the mentality of the squad.
Didier Deschamps pilots the French squad as manager. He guided the group to a Group A top finish in European qualifying where the team finished over Sweden. The French usually prefer a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 look depending on personnel.
France flaunts a formidable attacking threat. Antoine Greizmann has been tormenting La Liga defenses for the last few years and has been a hot acquisition target for the largest club names in the world. He is backed by the likes of Kylian Mbappé who may be the hottest prospect in world football. Many consider him a future Ballon d’Or winner.
The holding midfield is special too. N’Golo Kanté has been a revelation for Chelsea in the premier league. Many consider him to be the most complete box to box player in the world. He will likely be partnered with flashy haired, Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba who is a threat to score from virtually anywhere on the pitch.
Hugo Lloris enters another world cup where he is in the discussion as a top 3 goalkeeper. Consistent and disciplined, he provides stability for a team that likes to press forward.
Why France Could Win Group C
France should win group C. They’re certainly the best team in the group and may be the best team in the tournament if they show up in good form.
The most convincing reason that France will win group C is depth. Having the likes of Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud on the bench along with many other world talents will only bring thoughts of security to French fans looking for reasons to hope.
France is deep, flashy, and in its prime. If there’s ever a time for their second World Cup title, it’s now.
Notable Danish Footballers:
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjær (Sevilla), Abdreas Bjelland (Brentford)
Denmark isn’t being given much of a shot by the oddsmakers. On paper they’re severe underdogs to France, but the Danes have a good amount of firepower to work with themselves.
Christian Eriksen has been an artist on the way to the first Danish qualification since 2009. When manager Age Hareide speaks of the team’s success, he largely credits it to Eriksen. The attacking midfielder has poached 11 goals in 12 matches for Denmark. Such tallies helped the club finish second in Group E behind Poland and Robert Lewandowski.
The Danes prefer a 4-3-3 system with Eriksen pressed up high behind a larger center forward target in the engine room. Nicklas Bendtner and Andreas Cornelius typically fill this striker role, but if there is a weaker side to the Denmark squad it can be found in its lack of a true world class #9.
Defensively, Denmark will prove to be a pesky unit. Simon Kjær helped Spanish side Sevilla knock Manchester City out of this year’s Champions League by putting handcuffs on Belgian world class striker Romelelu Lukaku. He could potentially team up with up and coming Chelsea talent Andreas Christensen in what will be a challenging backline to beat.
Why Denmark Could win Group C
Denmark shouldn’t win group C. France should win Group C if they show up like they should. If France don’t show, it’s likely Denmark that will make them pay. Denmark doesn’t have the personalities of France. Christian Eriksen is as soft spoken a super star as there is on the World Cup stage.
By remaining disciplined and workman like in nature, I do expect Denmark to advance. If France shows up in train wreck fashion out of the blue, it’s completely possible for them to win Group C. It’s just not probable.
Notable Peruvian Footballers:
Jefferson Farfán (Lokomotiv Moscow), Christian Cueva (São Paulo), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Alberto Rodríguez (Atlético Junior)
Peru barely made it into the tournament, but the South Americans are eager to see what they can do to disrupt the chances of their competitors. Finishing fifth in the South American playoffs, the team was forced into a play-off against New Zealand. They were able to advance and reach the world’s largest stage.
On paper, the squad is younger and reinvigorated. Many of its players cut their teeth in the Brazilian league each week. Christian Cueva may be one of the most creative players in the world that you’ve never heard of. The attacking midfielder for Brazil’s São Paulo brings skills to the table that makes even those of Brazilian nationality jealous.
Peru prefers lining up in a 4-2-3-1 system. It is able to highlight the speed and goal scoring capabilities of Lokomotiv Moscow front man Jefferson Farfan who has also spent time at Schalke FC in the Bundesliga.
At the back, Peru is anchored by a very good goalkeeper. Pedro Gallesse has had several successful campaigns in the Mexican league and currently patrols the sticks for Veracruz. He will be flanked by Alberto Rodríguez and Yoshimar Yotún whose main objective will be to sit back and keep the score line manageable for opportune counter attacking play.
Why Peru Could Win Group C
Peru should not win Group C, but they could if France falls apart and Denmark experiences some sort of injury absence from Christian Eriksen. Peru has a great squad. FIFA even lists them as high as #11 in their World Cup Rankings. They just happen to be in one of the tougher groups. It’s hard to see Peru being able to beat France when they’re on. They’re just not powerful enough as a squad.
Notable Australasian Footballers:
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Mathew Lecie (Hertha Berlin), Tim Cahill (Milwall), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Massimo Luongo (QPR)
Australia is back in the World Cup. Their 2018 trip to Russia marks just the fourth appearance to the tournament for the men down under. No one had a more challenging road to the FIFA World Cup.
The Aussies traveled 155,000 miles before becoming the last team to get in the field. They finished 3rd in Asian Group B behind Saudi Arabia and Japan. After an extended play-off spell against Syria and Honduras that finished in wins, the Aussies lost their manager.
They still don’t have one. Such is the biggest question for the Aussies entering the tournament this year. That and a very difficult group C field that they must conquer to advance.
Tim Cahill is back! At 38 years old, the Australians still rely on him for goals. Cahill still has one of the best heads in the game when it comes to heading the ball. Perhaps he should give coaching a try? Australia could certainly use a player manager…
Aaron Mooy has done some impressive things in the Premier League this year as an attacking midfielder. Many are picking the young Australian to be on the move again over the summer with his increase in value.
Tom Rogic and Massimo Luongo also provide options, but the Australians remain weak in terms of top tier talent.
Why Australia Could Win Group B?
Australia will win Group B if Tim Cahill has a hattrick of headers in every game. This will only happen if he is nominated as player manager and can scheme the perfect system for his 38-year-old body to score 9 goals in 3 games. That could really get the Aussies hopping so to speak…(price is right dud horn).
Lazy Bets Picks:
I like living in a fantasy land where Aaron Mooy and Tim Cahill win Group C. That's just it though, it's fantasy.
France are going to win this group. If they don't, they'll exchange places with Christian Eriksen and Denmark. Both go through. This case, to me, is closed.