Our football match prediction:
Ekaterinburg Arena will host Thursday’s football match between France and Peru. France failed to impress in a their opener against Australia, but they eventually scored a lucky winner and picked up all three points from the match. Les Tricolores need to improve their game as soon as possible if they are to play an important role at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, especially attackers Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. The duo was not at their sharpest in the 2-1 win over the Socceroos, but Peru defenders should have them at bay. The Peruvians were more than unfortunate not to grab something from the opening match of their World Cup campaign, with Cueva failing to score from the penalty spot in a 1-0 loss to Denmark. The South Americans must be low on confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash against France, which is the main reason why we are going to put our money on Didier Deschamps’ troops.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Antoine Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision. Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team. Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the Under-19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football. Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively. La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.