France take on Denmark knowing they only need a point to secure top spot in Group C ahead of the knockout rounds. Given that, Didier Deschamps will make major changes to his XI but he will still have a lot of quality on the pitch, such is the depth France have in their 23-man squad. After two unconvincing performances, Les Bleus will be looking to show why they are considered one of the favourites for the trophy.
Meanwhile, the Danes know a point is all they need to secure their own qualification to the last 16, whilst a win over the talented French squad will see them top the group. However, with Australia needing to beat Peru to stand any chance of catching the Danes, they will hope for a favour from the South Americans that will mean they qualify regardless. Again, they have not convinced in their two games but they have a resilience that will make them hard to beat.
Here we will give you Denmark vs France betting tips, look at where the game will be won, the key players and a Denmark vs France prediction for the Group C encounter.
Our Denmark vs France Prediction: Denmark 0-2 France
Our Denmark vs France prediction tips is for the French to make it three from three and deliver an assuring performance that will ease some doubts surrounding them going forward.
Denmark knew that with their final group game against France that they would like to have secured qualification by this stage and they almost have. Christian Eriksen scored a wonderful goal against Australia last time out but hasn’t influenced games as his country would’ve hoped. They have a solid defence that are well organised, but they will need more going to forward if they are to avoid getting pinned back all game by the French.
As mentioned, France will make numerous changes for the final group game but it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. That’s because the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Nabil Fekir could come into the side, although Antoine Griezmann could keep his place. Whatever the line up, France will have more quality on the pitch than Denmark and those coming in will have a point to prove as they look to win a place for the latter rounds.
Our recommended tip – France to win
Even though a point will suit both sides, we don’t think France will settle for that, particularly after some less than complimentary remarks from Denmark manager Åge Hareide.
The side have great balance, pace, skill and power which makes them a real threat to any side. They have the best 23-man group at Russia and that talent should see them through. If the draw didn’t suit both sides, the French would be odds-on so they are great value at odds-against. Additionally, the more senior players will be on the bench if needs be but they shouldn’t be needed.
The clash in Moscow will be the 14th time the sides have met and unsurprisingly France have had the better of the previous meetings, winning seven. However, both nations have one win apiece at the World Cup, with the French winning in ’98 but Denmark getting revenge four years later.
Denmark head into the fixture with four points from their opening two games although it’s a mystery as to how they’ve managed it. Peru were by far the better team in their first game and missed a penalty before losing 1-0, whislt the Aussies dominated large parts of the second half but could only draw 1-1. Nevertheless, that quality to stay in the game by Denmark cannot be underrated.
Similarly, France have not impressed and are lucky to have six points from their first two games. We’ve only seen flashes of the undoubted brilliance that they have and at times they haven’t played with the required intensity or tempo. The fact they are qualified already and only need a point to win the group may ease the pressure though.
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Players to watch – Kasper Schmeichel & Antoine Griezmann
The Leicester City goalkeeper is to be key for a Denmark team that only need a point to progress. The Premier League winner in 2016 will look to help this Denmark team to progress and will be under pressure throughout. France’s star-studded line up are going to be pushing for a win and Denmark will hope their reliable keeper stans firm.
The Atletico Madrid attacker will be key for today and for the rest of the tournament if France are to fulfill expectations. His pace and movement will be a nightmare for the Danish defence and he could also provide Olivier Giroud with quality service if he drops deep.