Denmark v Australia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 21st June
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Denmark v Australia and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Group C World Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Denmark v Australia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 21/06/18
- Time: 13:00
- Venue: Samara Arena
- Channel: ITV 1
Denmark will be looking to all but seal a place in the knockout-stages for the first time since 2002 with a victory here against an Australian side who must take at least a point from this game to stay in the tournament.
Denmark start as favourites but were fortunate not to be beaten in their first game against Peru, whilst The Socceroos played well in a 2-1 defeat against the much-fancied French side in their opener.
Both sides base their game around their defence and Australia coped well with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele. France only scored from a penalty and an own-goal, showing they are capable of keeping the best players out. Denmark do not have that kind of attacking threat but are difficult to break down.
The Danes play with two defensive midfielders in-front of the back four, making it very difficult to break them down. Denmark have France to play in their final group game and will not want to go into that needing something, so you would think they will want to push for all three points here.
Australia have a more winnable game against Peru coming up so a point here would at least keep them in with a shout. They have experience in midfield with Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy and will look to set-pieces to try and get their goals.
It does not look like a game full of goals, so under 2.5 to be scored at 6/10 will not make you rich but looks a banker here. Australia will sit deep and allow Denmark to control the tempo of the game but will also know if they concede, they will be staring at elimination so must still possess some kind of threat up top on the counter attack.
Neither side has many prolific goal-scorers so don’t be surprised if any goals scored come from set-plays or penalties. Both sides had penalties in their opening game and this tournament has seen plenty already, so a penalty at any time at 11/4 looks like a good bet here also. A tight game to call with pressure on both sides so an intriguing game in prospect.
Denmark’s defender William Kvist looks a doubt for this game and possibly the tournament after a potential fractured rib that he picked up in the game against Peru.
As for Australia, they have no injury concerns ahead of this game and will most likely name an unchanged starting 11 after the 2-1 defeat to France.
Potential Denmark Starting XI: Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen; Delaney, Schone; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen
Potential Australia Starting XI: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich; Leckie, Mooy, Jedinak, Kruse; Rogic; Juric
Head To Head
- These two sides have only ever played 3 games against each other, with Australia winning once and Denmark having two wins.
Key Stats & Facts
- Denmark are undefeated in their last 10 World Cup games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in five of Australia’s last six games.
- Denmark 19/20
- Draw 14/5
- Australia 23/5
Two sides who enjoy defending here so it is hard to back goals. Neither have particularly prolific goal scorers within their squads so under 2.5 goals certainly looks the way to go. In Christian Eriksen, Denmark have the most creative player on the pitch and his one bit of quality was enough in the first game against Peru. He will be wanting to make more of an impact than he did in that first game and with the potential inclusion of Pione Sisto on the wing, his pace and Eriksen’s distribution, I think Denmark will have just enough in a close, low-scoring game.