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Champions France seek to continue winning run against tough opponents Denmark
France to win 3-1
Tournament: FIFA World Cup 2022 | Venue: Ras Abu Aboud, Stadium 974Bet Now
France gave us a welcome demonstration of their superb quality, reminding us exactly how they lifted the World Cup four years ago.
With a number of games ending 0-0 in the opening round of group matches, and big countries like Germany and Argentina coming unstuck, France brought us back to normality with a storming performance.
It didn’t start that way, of course, with Australia scoring after nine minutes. However, the French, and Kylian Mbappe in particular, was not to be stopped. Another three points here would surely seal Group D in their favour.
Denmark will hope to improve upon their initial showing, where they claimed a point against Tunisia. It was a result that the Danes would have found disappointing and a missed opportunity to join France on three points.
Should they fail to win here, they will face a very nervy final group game against Australia, where they must hope that Tunisia lose to France.
Plenty at stake here.
FIFA Ranking: 4
Predicted Finish: Quarter Finals
Reasons to be cheerful:
Mbappe and Giroud were phenomenal against Australia
Midfield of Tchouameni and Rabiot were solid
Reasons to be fearful:
They miss Kante and Varane defensively
Denmark will present a much tougher test
With one or two of their fellow favourites to lift the trophy falling at the first hurdle, France avoided that trap by beating Australia in comfortable fashion.
It was a splendid demonstration of the quality they possess, especially in forward areas. Mbappe, Giroud and Dembele were constantly a threat going forward, although their defence will face tougher times as the tournament progresses.
Denmark should present a sterner test for France, and we’ll get a better idea of how they’ll cope without the likes of N’golo Kante. Raphael Varane, a mainstay of that central defence, was fit enough for the bench in their last game.
When they possess the firepower that they do, however, they’ll be favourites in almost any game they play.
Star Man – Kylian Mbappe
Absolutely sparkled in France’s win over Australia, heading home his goal expertly and creating an assist for Olivier Giroud’s second of the night. He’s arguably the best in the world and key to France’s hopes.
FIFA Ranking: 10
Predicted Finish: Round of 16
Reasons to be cheerful
Will fancy themselves to up their game against France
Look solid through defence and midfield
Reasons to be fearful
Defeat against France would lead to nervy last group game
Offered little quality upfront
Denmark have been World Cup regulars in recent years, although they know they will need to up their performance considerably based on their opening game of the group.
While Tunisia are certainly no whipping boys, they are a nation that Denmark should expect themselves to beat if they harbour any hopes of going deep in the tournament. A point will have come as a disappointment.
Now, they face the serious prospect of heading into the final group game, against Australia, with only one point on the board, should they lose against World Champions France.
Aside from a good effort from Christian Eriksen in the second half, and a missed header close to goal by Cornelius, Denmark offered too little going forward to deserve the three points.
They did look solid at the back and through midfield, however. If they can frustrate France at the back, that will be half the challenge won.
Star Man – Christian Eriksen
Came as close as anyone in a Denmark shirt to opening the scoring, although the Danes didn’t offer enough on the whole. Will have his work cut out against France’s powerful midfield.
Mbappe to score or assist once more
Can Denmark handle France’s power and pace?
Denmark must try and frustrate France for as long as possible
Games including France are likely to see plenty of goals in this tournament.
Going forward, they have some of the most talented forwards at the World Cup, not least with Mbappe’s quality. At the back, they don’t look quite as sure as they did in 2018.
Denmark must look to frustrate France for as long as possible, before making their own chances count at the other end.
It’s a tall order against Didier Deschamps’ World Champions, which makes France favourites here.
France to win 3-1
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