Denmark vs. Australia: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over. Final score is: Denmark 1-1 Australia
Next Denmark match: Denmark vs France
Next Australia match: Australia vs Peru
21st June 2018 – 13.00 GMT
Group C Samara Arena, Samara TV: RTE
Denmark were somewhat fortunate to beat Peru in their first match with the South Americans missing a spot kick and generally outperforming the Scandinavians. But Age Hareide’s men ultimately claimed the three points and stretched their unbeaten record to an impressive 16 matches. The Danes are building a reputation for being a hard-to-beat, industrious outfit.
And Australia were similarly well-organised in their narrow defeat to France and could have easily grabbed at least a point on another day. Since taking over as boss, Bert van Marwijk has transformed this team from scratchy no-hopers to one which has a real chance of matching the last-16 finish of 2006.
It’s a tight match-up to call so the most comfortable place in this market is sitting up on the fence. The draw at 13/5.
Denmark haven’t conceded a single goal in their five matches this calendar year so far, though they did ride their luck at times against the Peruvians. Arguably, Australia looked the more solid outfit in their opening match. In summary, goals could be in short supply on Thursday afternoon.
But Australia probably need to show some more aggression in their second game as gaining just one point would make progression to the knockout stages unlikely. If the match finishes as a draw, Denmark would go into the final games three points ahead of Australia and, if France beat Peru as expected, van Marwijk’s men would be facing an early flight back Down Under.
The Aussies have had their scoring boots on in the run-up to this competition, putting four past the Czech Republic, so can breach the Danish defence. But the Danes have pace on the counter too, so a 1-1 result at 6/1 appears to offer value.
Eight of Denmark’s last nine fixtures have seen less than three goals scored as Age Hareide favours a defensive approach. This also allows the Danes to use the pace in their attack on the counter, as exhibited in the victory over Peru when Yussuf Poulsen tucked in.
Australia will be wary of that too and won’t open up until later in the game, which suggests a low-scoring fixture.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 offers a reliable, if unspectacular, return.
Denmark and Australia meet during the second round of matches in Group C at the World Cup. Both of these teams are attempting to reach the knockout stages in Russia along with group favourites France. That could make this match vital for both of these nations if they’re to reach the round of 16.
- Australia have won just one of their last 12 World Cup finals matches
- Christian Eriksen has scored 12 times in his last 14 appearances for Denmark –
Eriksen to score two or more – 12/1
- Yussuf Poulsen has scored in consecutive matches for the first time since April 2017
- Mile Jedinak has scored seven penalty kicks in his last 12 international games –
Jedinak to score first – 14/1
- Tim Cahill is looking to become the fourth player to score in four World Cup finals tournaments
Denmark 2-0 Australia – Friendly – 2nd June, 2012
Australia 1-0 Denmark – Friendly – 1st June, 2010
Australia 1-3 Denmark – Friendly – 6th February 2007
World Cup Qualifiers
Denmark finished second to Poland in their qualifying group, seeing off the challenge of Montenegro and Romania to secure a play-off place. Republic of Ireland were their opponents and a 0-0 draw at home had Age Hareide’s side sweating. But a convincing 5-1 victory in Dublin sent Denmark cruising through.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Christian Eriksen – 8 goals
Thomas Delaney – 4 goals
Australia had an arduous route to the finals in Russia. After finishing third in their qualifying group, the Socceroos had to sweat out a narrow extra-time win against Syria in the AFC play-off. After that, Australia still had to see off the threat of Honduras but a 3-1 aggregate win ensured a fifth World Cup finals appearance.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Mile Jedinak – 7 goals
Tomi Juric – 5 goals
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow.
Defenders: Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen.
Midfielders: William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli.
Forwards: Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Kasper Dolberg.
Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic.
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury.
Midfielders: Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Tim Cahill.
Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren.
|Denmark 10/13 | Draw 51/20 | Australia 15/4