Concise World Cup team profiles, fixtures, kick-off times, group odds and novelty bets
Fixtures, Dates and KO Times
France vs Australia: June 16, 8pm (AEST)
Peru vs Denmark: June 16, 2am (AEST)
Denmark vs Australia: June 21, 10pm (AEST)
France vs Peru: June 21, 1am (AEST)
Australia vs Peru: June 26, 12am (AEST)
Denmark vs France: June 26, 12am (AEST)
Group Odds Summary
If pushed to name their key player ahead of the World Cup, Australian fans would likely look to who is playing at the highest level, and that would be Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town.
A great athlete with the ability to dominate a game with his range of passing and dead ball situations, Mooy also has goals in his game and is generally considered to be an intelligent footballer.
A potential surprise package could be 21-year-old Daniel De Silva, who came close to joining Roma a few years ago before the deal fell through.
He has since played in Europe for Roda JC in Holland.
The attacking midfielder is a very clever footballer who is a creative, exciting and starting to deliver, he could well be the Socceroos’ secret weapon if given his chance.
Alternative odds: Australia to finish second in Group C ().
After missing out on two major tournaments in a row, Denmark are thrilled to have Christian Eriksen and co. back among the world’s elite and we tipped to qualify from the group stage.
In Eriksen, the Danes arguably have one of the best midfielders in the world; certainly in the Premier League; and they will look to the Tottenham man for inspiration, much like they did in emphatically beating Ireland 5-1 to qualify via the play-offs.
Eriksen’s greatest skill isn’t necessarily in scoring goals, but rather creating them.
He links the phases of play, while also creating and scoring chances.
With Thomas Delaney of Werder Bremen doing the dirty work alongside him in midfield, it’s in the centre where Denmark have their greatest strength.
Alternative odds: Denmark to reach the quarter-finals ().
They are amongst the favourites with Brazil, Germany and Spain.
They came so close at the 2016 Euros, losing in the final to Portugal and now they want to go one better.
They have experience, talent, depth and confidence.
Their qualifiers were quite laborious, with poor performances in Belarus (0-0), in Sweden (2-1) and against Luxembourg (0-0) where Didier Deschamps’ coaching was wrong in both matches.
Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann will form the spine of the team in Russia but the star will be Kylian Mbappe (pictured above).
He will only be 19 and will surely take the world by storm.
His prodigious talent has no limits and the Paris SG forward will show it in Russia.
Alternative odds: Mbappe to win the Golden Boot ()
After being absent from the World Cup for the past 36 years, Peru are finally back.
Farfan, Cueva, Carrillo and Guerrero now look to join the likes of Cubillas, Cueto, De La Rosa, Barbadillo and many others of that golden era of the 1970’s.
Their World Cup run was amongst one of the most captivating and their qualification was amongst one of the memorable under the tutelage of Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca.
For the La Blanquirroja, the near eternal agony is now over… but the hard work now begins.At (1.40) to go out at the group stage, they face an uphill task to stay in the tournament beyond round one, though they will look to Jose Paolo Guerrero to fire them to the last 16 (2.75), the Flamengo striker being (3.50) to be their top scorer at the tournament.
Alternative odds: Peru to get 6 points (7.50) in Group C