Peru and Denmark will square off in Group C on Saturday as both nations look to get their World Cup campaign underway with a win in Saransk.
Denmark qualified for the tournament by coming through a playoff fixture with the Republic of Ireland, as did Peru who easily overcome New Zealand in the OFC–CONMEBOL tie.
Peru may currently sit in 11th place in the FIFA World Rankings but La Blanquirroja is making their first appearance on the grandest stage since 1982.
A return to the World Cup has been met with jubilation back home but the South American nation’s preparations have been hit with the controversy surrounding Paolo Guerrero, who faced the prospect of missing the tournament due to a drugs ban.
A suspension of six months was extended to over a year – ruling the 34-year-old out of the competition – but a successful appeal means that the team’s talisman gets the opportunity to lead his nation in Russia.
Given the furore over Guerrero, you can be forgiven for thinking that the participation of the forward represents Peru’s only hope, but this is a side who have not suffered defeat in 15 matches.
Peru only secured fifth place in qualifying – leading to their spot at the event needing to be earned in a two-legged spot – but Ricardo Gareca has worked wonders to transform the squad in the space of three years.
France are undoubtedly the standout team in Group C but Peru will not be overawed by playing Denmark and Australia and will believe that they can achieve a place in the knockout rounds.
Their backline is made up of players plying their trade in South America, but members of the squad have made a name for themselves in Europe with Andre Carrillo – who spent last season at Watford – and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Jefferson Farfan expected to make an impact in Russia.
A part of Peru will be content with simply getting the opportunity to showcase their talent against some of the world’s best but if victory is achieved against Denmark on Saturday, there is no reason why Gareca’s team cannot replicate Costa Rica’s efforts in Brazil four years ago.
Denmark have failed to qualify for two of the last three World Cup Finals but there is cautious optimism that this squad is capable of putting together a strong run in Russia.
There would have been disappointment after finishing as runners-up to Poland in their qualification group, but the emphatic victory over Republic of Ireland in November suggested that Age Hareide’s team should not be satisfied with getting out of Group C.
Remarkably, Denmark also hold a 15-match unbeaten run heading into this tournament and although they have not defeated any of the world’s top teams during that period, Denmark can match their opponents for confidence.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is regarded as the team’s key man having contributed 22 goals and numerous assists in his 78 outings for his country, but there is quality throughout this squad.
Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen offer experience and talent at the back, new Borussia Dortmund signing Thomas Delaney provides steel in the centre of the pitch and their forward line features two players tipped for big things.
Only time will tell whether the World Cup stage has come too soon for Yussuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg but whether they make an impact at this major tournament or the next, the future is bright for Denmark.
Nevertheless, while there will be a feeling of perspective having not featured on the big stage since 2012, those associated with Denmark will expect success and this team is capable of reaching the last eight.
Like with opponents Peru, however, Saturday’s match could define their tournament and avoiding defeat will feel like a must to Hareide.
|Pedro Gallese (Veracruz-MEX)||Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)|
|Carlos Caceda (Veracruz-MEX)||Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)|
|Jose Carvallo (UTC)||Frederik Ronow (Brondby)|
|Aldo Corzo (Universitario)||Simon Kjaer (Sevilla)|
|Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap)||Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)|
|Christian Ramos (Veracruz)||Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield)|
|Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima)||Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach)|
|Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior)||Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford)|
|Anderson Santamaria (Puebla)||Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese)|
|Miguel Trauco (Flamengo)||Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich)|
|Nilson Loyola (Melgar)|
|Renato Tapia (Feyenoord)||William Kvist (FC Copenhagen)|
|Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap)||Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)|
|Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City)||Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux)|
|Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes)||Lasse Schone (Ajax)|
|Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo)||Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)|
|Edison Flores (Aalborg)||Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna)|
|Andy Polo (Portland Timbers)|
|Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz)|
|Andre Carrillo (Watford)||Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)|
|Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia)||Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux)|
|Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow)||Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta)|
|Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo)||Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen)|
|Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)|
|Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord)|
|Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)|
Peru vs Denmark USA, UK, Pak and Indian Time of FIFA World Cup 2018
According to Standard Time, Peru vs Denmark match will start at 17:00 PM UK, 21:00 PM Pakistan, 19:00 PM Russia 21:30 PM India and 12:00 PM USA sharp. We expect a good match here on Saturday between Peru and Denmark.
|Competition||FIFA World Cup 2018|
|Date||16 June 2018|
|Time||17:00 PM UK, 21:00 PM Pakistan, 19:00 PM Russia 21:30 PM India and 12:00 PM USA|
|Seating capacity||44,442 (Official); 44,000 (2018 FIFA World Cup); 30,000 (post-World Cup)|
Track Record of Both Teams – Win, lose:
Peru vs Denmark Match Predictions:
Predictions: Peru-1 vs Denmark-2
As per our assumption, Denmark will win the match and they have played against good teams in qualifying rounds as well, Denmark is quite able to snatch the game from the hands of Peru.