Group C has been exemplar of good sportsmanship with France, Peru, Denmark and Australia sharing videos of goodwill and well wishes to each other.
The Denmark team even re-wrote their national anthem to welcome Peru back into the World Cup. The camaraderie however, will come to an end once the competition starts.
Group C is brimming with talent and an abundance of contrasting styles which promise cracking football and possibly a fight to the finish.
France are the clear favourites to win the group; Le Bleus are ranked on paper, as one of the best teams of the World Cup, possessing experience and quality across all positions.
However, the Danish Dynamite could cause some problems thanks to the prolific rise of Christian Eriksen and a strong defensive unit.
It has been 36 years since Peru were at the World Cup, their main aim will be to make sure their competition run doesn’t end early.
The return of their captain Paolo Guerrero could give La Blanquirroja the spark they need to be the surprise team.
Veteran Tim Cahill’s return to fitness makes Australia’s frontline dangerous coupled with a steely midfield, playing against the Socceroos will be no walk in the park.
The pivotal match will be Peru vs Denmark with the shape of the group being determined by how this match plays outs.
It is widely expected that France will win the group. Therefore, the battle will be for runner-up; whoever wins the match will keep apace with France—a draw would provide mouth-watering fight to the finish.
Peru could be the surprise package after having not lost a match since November 2016, a span of 14 matches, highlighting their discipline and hunger. As a result, there is no reason why they can’t make it out of the group.
Some players to watch will include Florian Thauvin (France). Thauvin’s vision, quick-feet and finishing ability make him a threat. Scoring 22 goals and 11 assists for Marseille this season makes him one to keep your eye on.
Also be sure to watch out for Christian Eriksen for Denmark. Given space and time, Eriksen will punish you with his passing and finishing. Having scored in 11 of the 12 qualifiers, Eriksen is the architect of Denmark’s attack.
France should top the group while Denmark looks to be the best bet for second place.