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Peru start with Guerrero, France with Giroud

22 June 2018
Peru start with Guerrero, France with Giroud

Peru's midfielder Pedro Aquino (left) and France's midfielder Paul Pogba compete for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

With their title rivals failing to fire, France have vowed to ramp up the intensity and put their stamp on the World Cup with victory over Peru on Thursday.

Let's look at the France vs. Peru betting lines.

France had luck on their side against the Australians in their first game of the 2018 World Cup, securing the win through a penalty kick and an own goal from the Australians.

Just six shots on target from 17 attempts tell the story of a side who built well and quickly but couldn't produce in front of goal. Bet on the over.

The Peru fans outnumbered the French in the arena in Yekaterinburg and their team has been using any opportunity to pressure France.

Deschamps, a World Cup victor as a player in 1998, has an impressive selection of forwards to choose from and could give Olivier Giroud a start.

DF Lucas Hernandez, 6 - Although he was not afforded many chances to go forward, he did force a good save out of Pedro Gallese on the rare occasion when he was able to get involved in the attack.

Dropping Ousmane Dembele in place of the 31-year-old proved to be a shrewd mood for Les Bleus as Giroud's 34th minute shot deflected into the path of Kylian Mbappe for the Paris Saint-Germain forward to poke home into an empty net. This highlights how young the French team really is and how Deschamps has given a chance to the younger players.

Pedro Aquino thumped a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards, with Lloris, making his 100th worldwide appearance, beaten.

For Peru, Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia are pushed to the bench, with Pedro Aquino coming in.

Ricardo Gareca's men looked more risky in the second half and they were unfortunate not to equalise on 50 minutes.

Champagne football is what the footballing world is accustomed to when watching France but in the second half, they were forced to defend and they did so superbly.

Andre Carrillo fired over the crossbar and Farfan finding the side-netting as Peru grew increasingly desperate to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Deschamps may change things again as the tournament progresses, but the Giroud-Mbappe combination is one that will trouble any opponent.

In the next match, France will face Denmark in Moscow, at the Luzhniki stadium.

But with numerous other supposed big guns at the tournament toiling, the former worldwide midfielder and World Cup victor as a player said two wins from two games should not be sniffed at.

If Australia are to beat Denmark, they will have to find a way of breaching a defence that has kept five successive clean sheets and last conceded a goal 534 minutes ago.