Today’s Predictions : Denmark vs Australia
Denmark 1 – 1 Australia
The 22nd match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between Australia and Denmark, as both teams would be looking to improve on their decent performances in the first round.
- Date : 21st June 2018
- Time : 5:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Samara Stadium
In the 22nd match of the tournament, Australia would be looking to bounce back from an unfortunate defeat to France, where they gave a good account of themselves, while Denmark would be looking at a second straight victory.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Denmark had a solid qualifying campaign, finishing as runners up behind Poland to reach the playoffs. Though they suffered a disastrous loss to Montenegro, they bounced back better than ever and thumped eventual group winners Poland 4-0. They kept several clean sheets and eventually thrashed Ireland 5-1 in aggregate in the European Playoff, with Christian Eriksen scoring a sublime hattrick.
Australia really grinded to merit their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After finishing 3rd behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualifying, they had to endure grueling 2 legged play-offs against Honduras and Syria. Winning those crunch ties earned them a 4th consecutive qualification to the World Cup. However, their coach Ange Postecoglou resigned immediately after achieving qualification, under mysterious circumstances.
Denmark have been in decent form of late, unbeaten in their last 7 matches. However, their only two wins during that run came against Panama and Republic Of Ireland. They have struggled in attack, scoring just once in 4 draws, but have been defensively solid as well, with just two goals conceded during that run.
Australia have won 2 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches, however a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Norway has got fans worried about their chances at the World Cup. The team is still looking confident though, with a change in formation and return of some key players from injury helping them to a 4-0 victory against the Czech Republic.
Denmark and Australia in the World Cup So Far
Australia were given the toughest possible fixture against one of the tournament favourites France. While they were expected to succumb easily, the Kangaroos impressed everyone with their resilience, and only a fortunate strike by Paul Pogba in the dying minutes led them to a harsh defeat. The team is looking promising and would be looking to get some points in their other games.
Denmark saw off an inform Peru side with a brilliant defensive display in their opening match of the tournament. They have conceded just 2 goals in their last 8 matches now, and would be looking to keep things tight at the back again to progress further in the tournament.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 3 times before, with Denmark winning two of those matches and Australia winning 1. All 3 were friendlies.
Denmark have a few injury troubles affecting them, none more so than their striker and probably the most popular player Nicklas Bendtner, who pulled out of the final squad due to a recurring injury. The team has been revolved around the maestro Christian Eriksen as expected, with plenty of flair and physicality in store.
Australia recalled their 38-year-old talismanic forward Tim Cahill for the World Cup 2018, much to the delight of their fans. He joins Miles Jedinak as one of the senior figures in the team with vast Premier League experience. Defenders Trent Sainsbury and Matt Jurman missed the recent friendlies due to injury but both would be looking to return to the starting lineup for the first game.
Players To Watch Out For
Denmark’s undisputed main man to watch is Tottenham Hotspur’s brilliant attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen. Though he is more famous for his assists and overall vision, his impeccable long range shooting also enabled him to be his nation’s top goal scorer in qualifying with 11 goals. Young forward Nicolai Jorgensen is expected to lead the line and scored 21 goals for Feyenoord last season.
Australia will be looking for some inspiration from their Premier League based players. Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy would be looking to transfer his brilliant club form to the World Cup as well, while experienced campaigner Miles Jedinak will try to dominate the midfield alongside him. Tim Cahill has been called up but his lack of fitness may mean that they turn to young Jamie Mclaren for goals, as he has been prolific in his recent loan spell.
Denmark Vs Australia Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Denmark’s first appearance in this tournament was in 1986, and they even reached the quarter-finals in 1998.
- Tim Cahill has scored almost half of Australia’s 11 World Cup goals in their entire history. Scoring at this tournament will make him just the 4th player ever to score in 4 consecutive World Cups.
- Australia have only won 2 World Cup matches in their history.
- Denmark are the favourites to win this game, however we do not expect it to be very straightforward for them.
- We recommend betting on both teams not to score, as Denmark have a brilliant defensive record and are expected to keep a clean sheet.
- Betting on the under 2.5 goals market is also something we would suggest, considering France also found it difficult to break down Australia.
Australia fought hard against France, but were eventually outplayed in the dying minutes. We expect Denmark to do the same, and escape with a narrow victory.
Our Predicted Scoreline: Denmark 1-0 Australia