By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 26th June 2018
Tuesday 26th June 2018
Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg Arena
Live on ITV 1
Denmark vs France qualification permutations
Les Bleus have already booked their place in the next round after back-to-back wins against Australia and Peru. They need only one point to finish as group winners.
Denmark sit two points behind France so a draw would ensure qualification. A win would mean the Danes top Group C.
In order for Australia to qualify at Danish Dynamite’s expense, they must beat Peru, hope Denmark lose and also better the Danes’ goal difference.
Denmark vs France odds
France are clear favourites at 6/5 whilst a Denmark victory is unfancied at 7/2. A draw is priced up at 13/8.
Les Bleus will be looking to avoid the impressive Croatia by claiming the top spot in Group C.
Antoine Griezmann and Christian Eriksen are already off the mark at this World Cup and the odds for both to score is now 14/1, up from 11/1.
Denmark vs France team news
According to French newspapers, Didier Deschamps may make up to six changes.
Deschamps may opt to rest midfielders Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi. Corentin Tolisso was dropped in favour of Matuidi last time out so he could come back into the side.
Yussuf Poulsen, who scored the winner against Peru, is suspended for Denmark after collecting two bookings and could be replaced by Martin Braithwaite.
William Kvist will also be missing after breaking two ribs and suffering a punctured lung against Peru.
Denmark vs France predicted line-up
French outlet L’Equipe reckon Deschamps will go with this XI:
Mandanda; Sidibe Varane Kimpembe Hernandez; Kante Nzonzi; Dembele Griezman Lemar; Giroud.
Denmark vs France match stats
Denmark and France have met in five previous tournaments and France went on to win three of those competitions. Deschamp’s side have the far superior record in recent match ups, winning six of the last seven games.
Les Bleus have won all three of their group stage games at a World Cup finals once before, back in 1998 when they won the tournament.
VAR has seen an increase in the amount of penalties so far and if Denmark are awarded one it will be the first time since 1998 that all four teams in a group are have had a penalty. The odds of a penalty being awarded are 2/1.
Denmark coach Age Hareide warned: “France may be considered among the favourites and have six points but they have not been finishing off opponents.
“They have been pushed to the wire to get the points. They played well in the friendlies, but have not played well so far in the World Cup.”
Denmark vs France players to watch
The Danes’ hopes have largely been pinned on Premier League duo Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel. Eriksen has scored or assisted both of Denmark’s goals so far while Schmeichel’s heroics did not go unnoticed.
Christian Eriksen record in recent times for Denmark has been exceptional – he has scored 17 goals in his last 20 appearances for the national side. His odds of assisting a goal stand at 5/2.
Kylian Mbappe could meanwhile become the first teenager to score in more than one World Cup match since Michael Owen did so in 1998. Since his debut for the national side in March 2017, only Olivier Giroud (11) has been involved in more goals.
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 many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport 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.