By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 21st June 2018
The Danes kicked off their tournament with a nervy 1-0 victory over Peru while Australia failed to hold onto a draw against France.
A contentious VAR decision gifted Antoine Griezmann and France the lead against Australia and although the Socceroos equalised through their own penalty, Aziz Behich’s own goal gave France all three points.
France meet Peru later today and could confirm their place in the next round.
Denmark, meanwhile, had to ride a late storm from Peru to hold onto their first half-goal. William Kvist left the pitch on a stretcher whilst Andreas Christensen was withdrawn through injury too. However, three more points for Denmark will seal a place in the top two and ensure a spot in the knock-out stages.
Tim Cahill to come in?
Australian fans have been calling for the inclusion of top-scorer Tim Cahill who, at 38-years old, is attempting to become the fourth player to score in four consecutive World Cups. At 19, Daniel Arzani is the youngest player at the World Cup and will be hoping for a start after coming off the bench against France.
Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their 14 previous World Cup finals matches. Both teams to score in the first half is 6/1.
The Danes will fancy their chances against an Australian side that has made it out of the group stage on only one occasion in it’s history. Denmark to win by two or more goals was 13/5 but now bets at 3/1.
Aussie’s poor record against European opposition – Christian Eriksen to score and Denmark to win was 11/4 and is now 3/1.
Australia have lost seven of their last nine World Cup matches against European opposition and have also lost each of their last four World Cup games.
Aaron Mooy said of Christian Eriksen: “He’s an excellent player, he’s had a great season and he’s probably Denmark’s most dangerous player. We have to keep a close eye on him, and try and stop the supply to him. We have to do it altogether as a team.”
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.