DENMARK vs FRANCE: France have made it to the next round while the Danes have to either draw or win this fixture to confirm a Round of 16 berth. France beat the Aussies 2-1 and Peru were beaten by a solitary Mbappe goal. Denmark, on the other hand, beat Peru and drew against a stern Aussie defence. Denmark vs France is set to a nicety as both teams battle it out in earnest to qualify for the next round. Christian Eriksen’s sumptuous finish wasn’t enough in the previous game but the quality he adds to the side is immense. Pogba has been a hit and a miss so far. Can this be his game? Two quality opponents fight it out and the winner of this fixture tops the group. Fantasy football tips, stats and match insights are drafted here.
WHERE: LUZHNIKI STADIUM, MOSCOW
WHEN: 7:30 PM, IST
GROUP C PERMUTATIONS
France have already made it to the knockouts but a defeat against Denmark will put them at number 2.
A Denmark defeat will mean they’ll finish the group stage with 4 points and if Australia win their game against Peru with a larger goal difference, the Danes will get knocked out.
If Denmark vs France finishes in a draw, Les Bleus and the Danes go through, finishing first and second respectively.
Yussuf Poulsen picked a couple of yellow cards in the first two games and will miss the final group stage game. The others will remain unchanged. Martin Braithwaite is expected to get his first start for the Danes.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso have all picked a yellow so far. Didier Deschamps has a decision to make and since his side has already made it to the knockouts resting one of them seems fair.
Steve Mandanda will be the shot-stopper for this game.
EXPECTED PLAYING 11 FOR DENMARK vs
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel
Defenders: Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen
Midfielders: Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite
Strikers: Nicolai Jorgensen
Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez
Midfielders: Ousmane Dembele, Ngolo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Steven N’Zonzi
Strikers: Antoine Griezman, Olivier Giroud
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
He’s undoubtedly one of the most gifted midfielders in world football at the moment. The goal against Australia defines Eriksen ever so precisely. Flawless technique, an eye for a goal and a composed head. Denmark will need their best player to fire against the Frenchmen. Denmark will make it through to the next round if they manage to stay even. But, Eriksen and co, would like to take pole position in their group. He goes through defences with ease making them seem transparent. That’s how good Eriksen is. He’ll be the player to watch out for this fixture.
Against Australia: Minutes played: 90, Goals: 1, Passes: 39, Accuracy: 82%, Key passes: 2
Atletico Madrid’s star player scored France’s first goal this World Cup and against Denmark, he’ll have his work cut-out. Sharp footwork, electrifying pace and a thunderous left foot, watch out for this poacher. France have already confirmed a round of 16 participation and some of their star midfielders might be rested for this fixture. The likes of Matuidi, Pogba & Tolisso have been booked once and for Denmark to come out victorious, Greizmann needs to be held in check.
Against Peru: Minutes played: 80, Goals: 0, Passes: 32, Accuracy: 75%, Key passes: 2
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Denmark and France have faced each other twice at the World Cup. France won 2-1 in 1998 and Denmark won 2-0 in 2002.
If Denmark are awarded a penalty in this match, it will be the first time since 1998 that all four teams have had a penalty in a single World Cup group. France and Denmark were a part of Group C when this happened back in 1998.
France’s Kylian Mbappé could become the first teenager to score in more than one World Cup match. Micheal Owen did this for England in 1998.
France have only won all three of their group stage games at a World Cup finals once before, back in 1998. Their third win in that edition also came against Denmark. France went on to win that World Cup.
Denmark have a quality line-up but against France, they’ll need to find the right rhythm. France have a stern defence, a magnificent midfield even without the likes of Pogba & Matuidi and have a lethal striking duo. For that reason, they’re favourites to win this fixture. France to win this, 2-1.
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