Australia vs. Peru
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Australia vs. Peru
It all comes down to this.
The Socceroos will need to beat Peru — while hoping for a France victory over Denmark — to advance past the group stage in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
After brave draws against both France and Denmark in their opening two matches, Australia will fancy its chances against the Peruvians, who sit at the bottom of Group C without a goal scored so far.
Despite the recent form pointing towards an edge for Australia, bookmakers see it differently.
Australia will start as the $3 outsider, Peru is at $2.40 and the draw pays $3.45 at CrownBet.com.au.
The equation for Australia is a tricky one. The Socceroos must beat Peru by at least a goal and hope that France then beats Denmark by at least a goal. The two nations, desperate to join France in advancing from the group, have equal goals scored, so an unlikely scenario — given Australia win, Denmark loses and the goals scored remains level — is that elimination could come down to the amount of yellow cards received.
Both the Australia vs. Peru game and the France vs. Denmark match will begin at midnight AEST), so they’ll have to play as hard as they can, not knowing their true fate until the end of the match.
Coming into the all-important encounter, focus has turned to Australia’s most prodigious emerging talent, Daniel Arzani.
The 19-year-old has been electric off the bench in his first two World Cup appearances, attacking defenders and creating multiple opportunities. In a country crying out for its next football star, Arzani looks capable of joining the likes of Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka in an elite bracket.
The question coming into this match is whether or not Arzani will start the match, given the AC injury to striker Andrew Nabbout in the Socceroos last match.
Australian coach Bert van Marwijck has preferred to use his young weapon against tired defenders late in games thus far, but given the desperate need for a win, the kid may be unleashed early.
Let’s take a look at the odds surrounding him for the game.
Best Daniel Arzani odds vs. Peru
- To score the first goal: $12 @ CrownBet.com.au
- To score at any time: $5 @ CrownBet.com.au
- Arzani to score (regulation)/Australia win: $9 @ Sportsbet.com.au
His place in the starting eleven may still be in doubt, but there’s no doubt that in a do-or-die match Arzani will see significant game time.
Arzani is one of the only players on the Socceroos squad with the ability to advance on defenders while in possession and his attacking mindset has already created a number of opportunities for himself and teammates.
Australia are yet to score in open play in this tournament so far, with both of its goals in matches against Denmark and France coming via handball-penalties.
We’re tipping Arzani to ride the hype train he’s created and score his first goal against the Peruvians.
Socceroos vs. Peru betting predictions
Australia to qualify for the round of 16: $6 @ Sportsbet.com.au
Australia to beat Peru: $3 @ CrownBet.com.au
Australia 1-0: $9 @ Sportsbet.com.au
It’s going to be a late, stressful night for Socceroos fans.
A night we think could end up filled with joy.
Firstly, we’re taking the fact that Peru has nothing to play for as a good sign. Given France will want to beat Denmark to finish atop the group, the motivations are in the right place for Australia to advance if it can do its job.
The $3 to win is a fantastic way to build around some mid-week multis and should France do the job, a 1-0 margin will be all the Aussies need.
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