World Cup Predictions Group C – France to win easily.. or not?

World Cup Finals Group C Predictions by Dan Smith

Giroud edged Lacazette out of the France squad and Koscielny’s injury means Arsenal have no players in Group C

France -1st
You always get the feeling that there is no in-between with France. On their day they can beat anyone – yet you feel it wouldn’t take a lot for everything to implode. Given the talent they have, it feels self defeating how quickly their own media and fans turn on them. The saying that too many options is a good problem to have might be a myth for Deschamps. You can see by who he hasn’t called up that it’s impossible to select an 11 that everyone can agree on. It’s easy for everyone one with hindsight to say they would have done this and that. Two years ago, no one was doubting his judgement ’til it went wrong in the final. Should win all three games but how will they respond if they face adversity?

Denmark -2nd
I give Denmark the nod for second place purely on how the fixtures have worked out. The Danes don’t play France till match day 3, giving them the chance to secure qualification against Peru and Australia, something they would’ve bitten your hand off for before the draw. There isn’t a lot between the sides battling for second but they do have the outstanding player in Eriksen, a world class talent Peru and Australia do not boast. Hopefully they have learnt a lesson from the play offs. When they showed ambition they put Ireland to the sword. Will they be positive in this group?

Peru 3rd
Apart from the French games, I’m expecting the rest of the group C fixtures to be tight, without too many goals. Qualification should be put into context. It’s widely accepted that many of South America’s giants under performed, then New Zealand were only narrowly beaten in the playoffs
Despite all that this is a reward for a real effort to legitimise football in Peru. Hard to beat rather then free scoring, making them very similar to Denmark. Their top scorer is free after a drugs ban though so that could change their approach.

Australia 4th
No longer their golden generation, although at 38 neutrals will want to see Tim Cahill score at another World Cup. What you see is what you get with this team. Like in all sports the Aussies will arrive in Russia with no fear, plenty of heart and will give it 100 percent. Lack of overall quality though and changing managers before the tournament may prove Unsettling.

Dan Smith


  1. Dan says:

    Thought this was a arsenal site not world cup who cares about who is gonna win what group very boring!!???

    1. Brian Rotic says:

      Bro dont be so rigid….everyone belongs to a certain country….if your country is not in the Finals you are at liberty to surport any country of your choice….this is the world cup and although We are Arsenal diehard fans, we are football fans in the first instance

      1. Dan says:

        I am English and still don’t care about the world cup like others I am entitled to my opinion as well!!

        1. Dan says:

          Also England have about as much chance of winning the world cup as arsenal do of winning the prem league so why should I be interested!!

    2. Remember Resource? says:

      Arsenal have signed torreira. Pending medical. Release clause was activated, agent decreased his demands and player wages were never an issue. Welcome Torreira.

      Remember Re-source?

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        No we don’t Remember Resource, we remember Kev? Who d Fuq is Resource?? Anybody know him here?

  2. Brian Rotic says:

    France can bask in the sun….Easy Group

  3. Brian Rotic says:

    I am an Argentine this tournament coz I want Messi to win a world cup trophy and in turn win the ballon d’or

  4. Ozziegunner says:

    Hopefully France will be over confident against Australia in the first game, and Australia can catch them with their guard down. Friendly wins against the Czech Republic and Hungary recently give cause for some optimism.
    Coach Bert van Marwijk is experienced and pragmatic and has previously coached the Netherlands in the World Cup.
    A draw against France and anything is possible.

  5. gotanidea says:

    It would be a tough group for France and I don’t think they would win this World Cup, because of their style of play

    They have talented footballers, but they need Wenger, Guardiola, Klopp, Heynckes, Allegri, Conte, Mourinho or Zidane to win the next World Cup

  6. Nikhilesh says:

    @Kev what happened to the sokratis deal, is it done?

    1. Declan says:

      It will be announced in July as the selling club want the deal completed in their new fiscal year.

  7. okiror says:


    1. Dan Smith says:

      Read the title of article lol

  8. Nikhilesh says:

    @Kev any other surprise signing happening?

    1. Declan says:

      No and Adli staying at PSG

  9. John Ibrahim says:

    Leno, Torriera, Nzonzi, Skortis and together with Mki, Ozil, Laca and Auba

    top 3 is guaranteed

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