Both Peru and Denmark are long shots with the World Cup betting odds. Denmark opened as a +9000 to win the event. Peru is an even bigger dog at +15000. So when these teams match up there is both opportunity and peril. Sharper gamblers will evaluate the potential value. Casual public money is unlikely to flow in games like these. Big name teams like Germany and Brazil is where the public flocks. Thus, the prices for Denmark and Peru tend to be more reality based. With neither team picked for glory the handicap is more challenging.
Denmark vs. Peru
Date and Time: Saturday, June 16, 2018, 12 p.m. ET
Location: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
World Cup Betting Online Odds available at your favorite sportsbook: Denmark – ½ (+115), Peru + ½ (-130), Over 2 ½ (+131), Under 2 ½ (-151), Denmark +115, Peru +265, Draw +245
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Peru does not have a strong World Cup betting odds history. In fact, the last time they qualified was 1982. Their best finish ever was seventh in 1970. The distinctive red stripe on their kits is their best-known feature. Denmark’s history is not much better. Their last qualification was in 2010. Overall the Danes have failed to qualify in four of the last eight World Cups. 1998 was their best run with a finish of eighth in the round of 16.
Denmark earned sportsbook respect last fall with a pair of dominating wins. Defeating Poland 4-0 and Ireland 5-1 caught attention. Christian Eriksen electrified all with 11 goals in 12 qualifying matches. Ericksen makes Denmark a tough out for anyone they face. New head coach Age Hareide struggled early to implement his new system. But once things began to click the improvement was noticeable. Hareide took over in 2016 for longtime leader Morten Olsen. Skepticism abounded due to his past poor record in Norway. But 2017 changed all of that. Consequently, Hareide got a contract extension through 2020.
Christian Eriksen is a midfielder with 21 career goals and 78 caps. His professional team is Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League. Hareide has labeled him as one of the top ten players in the world. In Premier League action he had 10 goals and 32 aps last season.
Ricardo Gareca and his Team
Peru has gone back to the future. Head coach Ricardo Gareca emphasizes short passes and ball possession. With a young roster it’s a smart strategy that eliminates mistakes. Gareca is not afraid to impose discipline on his young team. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese is respected and confident. Gallese has 36 caps for the team. Without his great play Peru simply would not have qualified. Alberto Rodriguez is a top defender with skills. Midfielder Yoshimar Yotun is both intelligent and tough. Up front Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero lead. Farfan has 24 career goals and 81 caps.
Matchup to Watch
Youthful Peru must stay within themselves to have a shot at success. Ricardo Gareca has been an astute leader. Demark likely has the difference maker in Eriksen. In this World Cup betting odds matchup, he is the best player on the pitch. Peru has shown improvement. But they lack a reliable closer. Eriksen is the difference.
2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Denmark should prevail over Peru in the end.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Denmark
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: Denmark 2, Peru 0
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