Australia v Peru (Tuesday 26th June, 3pm kick off) - World cup betting preview

What a chance this is for the Aussies. A win here against bottom side Peru gives them a great chance of qualification for the Second Round of the World Cup. This won’t be easy, though.

Peru may well be pointless going into this one, but they have proved themselves to be very slippery opponents in this tournament so far. They wiped the floor with Denmark at times in their 1-0 defeat to the Scandinavians in their opener, while they nearly snatched a draw against the French a few days ago. The South Americans will be licking their lips at what should be an open encounter, and both teams scoring looks like a great shout at 83/100 with Sportingbet.

Out of the two Group C games – which will be played at the same time – on offer, this is definitely the one to watch in Sochi. Both sides have created plenty of openings in their games so far, and a ballsy bet which offers great value is both teams scoring in the first half, which looks very promising at 7/2 with Betfair. Australia will fly out of the traps in search of goals to boost both their points and goal difference columns, while the Peruvians will be looking to right the wrongs of their two previous games.

Paolo Guerrero is the man who could break Australian hearts, and he has looked a danger in front of goal against France and Denmark. This could be his moment to break his World Cup duck, and he’s a tempting 4/1 to score first with William Hill.

This game is almost too close to call. In a regular game I would probably fancy the South Americans to get the job done, but their lack of cutting edge has cost them over the course of their two opening games. Australia, on the other hand, have stood to toe-to-toe with the group’s big boys despite a lack of quality in the squad, and have the fight in them for one last big push to put pressure on the Danes in their game against France. In this scenario you have to back the side with something to play for, so get on the Australia win at a very appetizing 2/1 with Ladbrokes.

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