Group C of the FIFA World Cup can hardly be proud of an intrigue. At least on paper everything is extremely simple and clear. This quartet has two obvious favorites, one underdog and the dark horse from which, however, you shouldn’t expect any surprises.
Matchdays for teams of group C are 16, 21 and 26th of June. Matches will be played in six cities: Kazan, Saransk, Samara, Volgograd, Moscow and Sochi.
On the 16th of June in Kazan the opening match of group C between France and Australia will begin at 11:00 (GMT+1). 6 hours later at the stadium in Saransk Peru and Denmark will fight.
On the 21st of June at 13:00 (GMT+1) in Samara the match between Denmark and Australia and at 16:00 (GMT+1) in Volgograd between France and Peru will be held.
Both matches of the final round of a group stage will be held on the 26th of June and will begin at 15:00 (GMT+1). At stadium Luzhniki Denmark and France ill play and at Fisht stadium in Sochi Australia and Peru will play.
France is considered to be one of the favorites of the FIFA World Cup. It has great squad in which a great number of star players take part. However, there are questions to the defensive line. Laurent Koscielny ‘s trauma is a serious blow to the defensive potential of the team. The place of the defender of Arsenal London will be taken, most likely, by Adil Rami who has to play in the center with Raphaël Varane.
Nevertheless it is unlikely that something can interfere in the process of leaving the group by France. The star line of attack has to be enough for the solution of this task. We will see, whether the full backs of the team will be able to play well for the 3 matches of group stage. But now it is clear that in the playoffs France is facing serious task.
Most likely Danes won’t move further than a quarterfinal. Australia can make their leaving the group impossible but Denmark has much more experience in playing international matches and the squad is also strong.
But we won’t deny that Denmark, in its turn, is not so strong as many European and Latin American national teams. It is no wonder that coefficient on its triumph during the World Cup is 81.0. It absolutely truly reflects a situation in the Danish team. On the one hand, it is impossible to call it an underdog and on the second — there are no real chances to win.
Australia is facing gradual change of generations. The current team is a certain combination of youth and experience. But for today there are no chances at all. The fact that the coach of Australia Bert van Marwijk knows that he will be dismissed after the FIFA World Cup adds definite problems. Moreover, the name of the successor is already known. Graham Arnold will become the new coach.
Such situation can’t raise optimistic spirit. Therefore it will be logical to assume that the main rival of Australia is Peru. And the fight between these national teams will be held not for getting into the play-off.
Peru can hardly wait for anything. Chances of the national team are so small and here José Paolo Guerrero is disqualified for the use of doping drug. For those who don’t know all details – it is the top scorer in the history of team.
It is hard to tell, how everything will happen. We believe that Peru will surprise nobody with game and tactical tricks. The last place in group is their maximum as for today.
France and Denmark (in such order) have to reach the playoffs. The coefficient on this fact, by the way, is equal to 1.72. This is not much but looks rather reliably. We doubt that the problems of Australia and Peru will allow them to fight for leaving the quartet and France is stronger than Denmark.