Peru vs Denmark open their World Cup account on Saturday against Peru at the Mordovia Arena in the second game of Group C
Christian Eriksen’s Denmark open their World Cup campaign against Peru on Saturday after France have faced Australia in the other Group C fixture earlier in the day.
Denmark are fancied to get out of the group behind France, but will first have to get past Peru, who will be a tough test for the Europeans.
Both teams qualified for the World Cup via the play-off. Tottenham’s Eriksen fronted Denmark’s qualification campaign and scored a hat-trick in their second-leg victory against Republic of Ireland to advance.
Peru had not qualified for a World Cup since 1982 before this tournament, but after a stalemate in their play-off first leg, they made it through by defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the return encounter to make it to Russia.
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Peru are likely to be relying on their attack in this tournament and the South Americans scored eight goals against Iceland, Scotland and Saudi Arabia in the lead-up to the tournament.
With Pablo Guerrero being made available after initially being banned for doping, Peru are at full strength with Edson Flores, Christian Cueva and Jefferson Farfán supplying the support behind their frontman.
They are bound to be tough opponents for whoever they come up against in the group, with their attack capable of causing problems for any team.
Potential Peru starting XI: Gallese; Advincula, Rodriguez, Ramos, Trauco; Tapia, Yotun, Farfan, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero.
Denmark’s most commonly known players to viewers of the Premier League can be seen in their spine of Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen and Christian Eriksen.
It was the latter who starred during qualifying and is their key creative force in their 4-2-3-1 system.
But they have a good amount of quality throughout the team, with Simon Kjaer and Nicolai Jorgensen being players to look out for.
Potential Denmark starting XI: Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Kvist, Delaney, Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen.