World Cup 2018: Group C and D gameweek three preview

Group C and D reaches the crucial gameweek three stage on Tuesday, which will be crucial in deciding who makes it through to the knockout stages of the competition. Here is what is happening on Tuesday:

Australia v Peru (Kick-off 3 PM)

Australia’s hopes of staying in the tournament are in danger heading into the final group game. The Socceroo’s drew 1-1 with Denmark in their last game and have to win and hope that the Scandinavians suffer defeat against France in the other game.

Bert van Marwijk’s side has been inconsistent of late, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six international matches.

Peru have looked good, but had no end product at Russia 2018, losing both their group games so far. Ricardo Gareca’s side has now failed to score in their last three international outings. They have also failed to win in their previous three games.

A lack of goals scored in recent games has contributed to four of their last five outings producing under 2.5 goals.

Prediction

Australia win and under 2.5 goals

Denmark v France (Kick-off 3 PM)

Denmark heads into this clash having picked up four points from their first two group games. A draw in this clash would be enough to see the Scandinavian team seal a place in the knockout stages. A win would seal top spot.

France have done everything expected of them by winning both their group games so far, without looking at their best. Due to winning both their previous games, a point will be enough for Les Bleus to top the group. Didier Deschamps team have now won five of their last six international matches, remaining unbeaten. The French boss is likely to rotate his squad in this game.

Prediction

Draw

Nigeria v Argentina (Kick-off 7 PM)

Nigeria bounced back from a 2-0 defeat against Croatia in their opening game to defeat Iceland last time out. A victory would see the Super Eagles qualify for the last-16. A draw could be enough for the African nation if Iceland fails to defeat Croatia in the other game in the group.

Argentina have picked up just one point from their first two group games and face the prospect of exiting the competition. La Albiceleste needs a big win and to better Iceland’s result against Croatia in the aforementioned other group game.

Prediction

Argentina and over 2.5 goals

Iceland v Croatia (Kick-off 7 PM)

Iceland have picked up just one point at their first World Cup, which came in their first game against Argentina in a 1-1 draw. The situation is simple for the Nordic nation, they have to win and hope that the result goes their way in the other game.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side are in poor form, as they have failed to win in their last six international outings, losing four games in the process. Iceland needs to improve in defence, as they have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six games. However, the Nordic team defeated Tuesday’s opponents 1-0 in their previous meeting, a World Cup qualifier when they finished ahead of the Croats.

Croatia have breezed through their first two games with 2-0 and 3-0 victories over Nigeria and Argentina respectively. The two wins have already seen Zlatko Dalic’s side qualify for knockout stages, while their superior goal difference virtually guarantees the Eastern European team will win the group.

Croatia have now won four of their last five international games. They have also scored at least two goals in their previous three matches.

Prediction

Draw and under 2.5 goals

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