Featuring France, Denmark, Peru and Australia, Group C is one of the more competitive groups at the 2018 World Cup. While France is the favourite to win the group (and one of the top Nations to win the tournament) on World Cup sportsbooks, each country in this group offers a challenge, making it one of the best groups to follow at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group C
Odds and lines for every Group C match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are available right here. Lines for the opening games are available well ahead of the start of the tournament, while subsequent games will see most lines pop up after each team completes their previous match.
FIFA World Cup Group C Standings
Follow the standings for Group C below, updated live after every match. The top two teams from each group advance on in the 2018 World Cup. In tiebreaking scenarios, goal differential and goals scored most frequently determine which Nation advances on and which Nation goes home.
FIFA World Cup Group C Betting Guide
While Peru could be feisty and Australia may be fun to watch, Group C is all about whether France can hold off a good Denmark squad to win the group. France is the favourite to win the group opening at -222, with Denmark sporting the second-best odds at +425.
Opening as the favourite on soccer sportsbook to win the group, France brings a strong squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. France advanced to the Quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup, but their aspirations this time are much higher. On the majority of Canadian sportsbooks, France is in the top-five for odds to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
France went 7-2-1 during the World Cup qualifiers, posting a goal differential of +12. In 2006, they had similar success during qualifications (also posting a +12 goal differential in ten matches). That year, France finished as the runner-up at World Cup (losing to Italy in a match most remembered for the infamous Zinedine Zidane headbutt).
France should win their group. While Denmark is a strong opponent, France should perform well against the rest of the group, meaning if they finished tied with Denmark in points, they should end atop the group due to a better goal differential.
After missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Denmark returns in 2018, hoping to make it out of the Group Stage for the first time since 2002. While Denmark is historically not a great competitor in international competitions, under new coach Age Hareide, Denmark looks the strongest it has since 1998, when they made the Quarterfinals.
Hareide has Denmark’s offensive attack gelling quite well leading into the 2018 World Cup. Denmark averaged 2.083 goals per match during qualification stage or more than France did. Denmark’s offence will help them in the Group Stage. Outside of the of the Group Stage, it is difficult to predict how far Denmark can go in the tournament. At around +10000 odds on soccer sportsbook to win the tournament, Denmark is right in the middle of the odds, making them a prime candidate for a Round of 16 exit or at latest the Quarterfinals.
After missing out on the last eight World Cup, Peru finally returns to soccer’s biggest stage. Peru was one of the last teams to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, needing to play 20 matches during qualifiers just to secure a spot in 2018. Peru ranks in the bottom third of World Cup odds, with most soccer sportsbook opening their odds around +23000 to win the tournament.
Peru playing such a significant amount of games during qualifications may help the squad in the tournament. Peru has good team chemistry, which helps compensate for their lack of talent. Chemistry can only get you so far in the World Cup. Overall third in the group is the most likely outcome, which would give them something to build off for future World Cups.
Not typically a strong soccer Nation, Australia cannot do much worse than their 30th place finish at the 2014 World Cup. Australia, like Peru, played a heavy qualification schedule. While Australia played two more games than Peru, the level of competition in AFC is much weaker than what Peru faces in CONMEBOL (meaning they are the prime candidate to finish last in the group).
Australia is one of the biggest underdogs to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup at +40000 on many World Cup sportsbooks. Overall prospects are grim for Australia, whose best player (Tim Cahill) is now 38 years old and who have a new coach for their fourth consecutive World Cup.