Today’s Predictions : Denmark vs France
Denmark 0 – 0 France
The 37th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between European giants France and second placed team Denmark.
- Date : 26th June 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Luzhniki Stadium
As Group C enters its final round of matches, we take a look at how France will tackle the unpredictable Danish side. France have already qualified, but still need to confirm the top spot in the group, which Denmark can steal with a win.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
France had a decent qualifying phase, topping a tricky group also including Sweden and The Netherlands, eventually finishing 4 points above both of them. Draws against Luxemborg and Belarus, however, were disappointing, and Didier Deschamps’ men would be looking to improve to live up to the tag of pre-tournament favourites.
Denmark had a solid qualifying campaign, finishing as runners up behind Poland to reach the fifa world cup knockout 2018 stage . 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.
France have been in confident form in recent times, with 3 big wins in a row against Italy, Ireland and Russia. A rare 3-2 defeat to Colombia was preceded by an entertaining 2-2 draw with defending World Champions Germany, proving that this new young crop of French footballers have what it takes to match with the best in the world.
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.
France vs Denmark in the World Cup So Far
France were handed a relatively straightforward opening fixture against comparative minnows Australia. However, it was anything but straightforward, as the Kangaroos brought their A game to the field, and gave France a royal scare. Les Bleus needed a fortunate deflected striker from Paul Pogba in the dying minutes of the game to finally get over the finishing line. They beat Peru by a narrow margin in their second game, and did not look very convincing overall.
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. Their second game was a well fought 1-1 draw between two evenly matched sides, against Australia.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 13 times before, with France winning 8 times, while Denmark has won 4 times, and one match ended in a draw.
Along with Spain, France have dropped some of most high profile players in the world, to the shock and dismay of many fans. Manchester United’s mercurial winger Antony Martial and FC Bayern’s Kingsley Coman could not find a space in the final 23 man squad. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema was excluded as expected, but an even bigger omission was that of Arsenal’s new striker Lacazette, while the player he essentially replaced at the club i.e. Olivier Giroud being selected instead. Dimitri Payet also lost the race against time to be fit for the tournament.
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.
Players To Watch Out For
When it comes to France, the spotlight will firmly be on their number 10 Antoine Griezmann, who won the Golden Boot as well as the Golden Ball at Euro 2016, to prove that he can elevate his game when it comes to playing for his nation. Premier League midfield enforcers Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante will be looking to live up to the hype and form a formidable partnership in the middle. This could also be Ousmanne Dembele’s chance to announce himself at the biggest stage of them all.
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 scorer in qualifying with 11 goals. Young forward Nicolai Jorgensen is expected to lead the line and scored 21 goals for Feyenoord last season.
France Vs Denmark Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- France are the favourites for this clash, and would be looking to top Group C to gain a favourable second round draw.
- Denmark has been defensively solid in recent times, while France have scraped to narrow wins. Hence, we expect a tight affair and would recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
- Antoine Griezmann was the top scorer at the Euro 2016 campaign, and betting on him to open the scoring in this match would be a good idea.
While Denmark are solid at the back, they’ve struggled in attack. We expect France to have too much quality to get 3 points in this match, albeit with a narrow win as has been the case in the first 2 matches.
Our Predicted Scoreline: Denmark 0 – 1 France