WORLD CUP PREVIEW SATURDAY – PART 2
PERU vs DENMARK
Group C – 5pm BST – Saransk
Peru – Unbeaten in 15 games, Peru will be high in confidence. Most recent games have been victories over Scotland (2-0) and Saudi Arabia (3-0) and a 0-0 draw with Sweden.
Denmark – In their last 4 friendlies, the Danes have not conceded a single goal, winning 2 and drawing 2. This came after their emphatic 5-1 play off victory over Ireland.
LIKELY LINE UPS
Peru – (4-2-3-1) Gallese; Advincula, Rodriguez, Ramos, Trauco; Tapia, Yotun; Farfan, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero
Denmark – (4-4-2) Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Schone, Eriksen, Delaney, Poulsen; Jorgenson, Sisto
This one could go either way. Denmark have proven recently that they are difficult to break down but Peru are on a long unbeaten run. Expect an even contest and a draw. Peru 1-1 Denmark.
Eriksen to score outside the area – 6/1
1-1 correct score – 5/1
Guerrero first goal and 1-1 – 25/1
CROATIA vs NIGERIA
Group D – 8pm BST – Kaliningrad
Croatia – Recent friendlies have brought mixed results for Croatia. Wins over Mexico and Senegal bring hope but defeats to Brazil and Peru bring realism for a team who have ability but maybe not enough to go far.
Nigeria – With no wins in 4 and disappointing defeats to Czech Republic and Serbia, Nigeria may be low on confidence. They were also well beaten by England despite the 2-1 scoreline suggesting it was close.
LIKELY LINE UPS
Croatia – (4-3-3) Subasic; Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric; Rakitic, Modric, Kovacic; Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic
Nigeria – (4-3-3) Uzoho; Shehu, Ekong, Balogun, Echiejile, Ndidi, Mikel, Onazi, Moses, Iwobi, Ighalo
I feel Croatia will have a good World Cup. This first game will tell just how good. With the prospect of a midfield of Modric, Kovacic and Rakitic, this Croatia side should be a joy to watch. Croatia 2-0 Nigeria
Croatia to win to nil – 13/8
Perisic first goalscorer – 6/1
Croatia 2-0 – 13/2
– Robert Shiers