Denmark v Australia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 17, 2018
Samara Arena - World Cup Group C
Denmark look for a repeat of their hard-fought win against Peru, as they face Australia in match day two of the 2018 World Cup. The Socceroos battled hard themselves against France, and were unlucky to concede an own-goal with the match level.
Denmark beat Australia by two goals to nil when the sides last met, with Daniel Agger opening the scoring from the spot before Andreas Bjelland added a second.
Denmark suffered two injuries in their win over Peru, with William Kvist likely out for the remainder of the tournament, and Andrea Christensen leaving the pitch early. Fortunately for Age Hareide, the Chelsea man will be fit for Thursday's game with Mathias Jorgensen relegated back to the sidelines.
Bert van Marwijk is unlikely to make many changes from the side that played on Saturday, with the coach working to establish consistency in the side. This means that Mile Jedinak and Adam Mooy are set to start in central midfield again, with Tim Cahill still waiting for his chance to shine.
Denmark v Australi Preview and Predictions
Thursday's game provides an interesting tactical battle between the two sides, as both defended deep with minimal possession in their last game, to differing degrees of success. However, one side will have to take the impetus when they meet, and, as favourites, this duty may well fall on Denmark.
If Hareide's side are to have any chance of earning the mantle as favourites, they will have to rely heavily on the creativity of their star player, Cristian Eriksen. The Tottenham midfielder has a fundamental role in how his side plays, with almost all of their attacks running through him at some point. However, they are far from a one man team, and the ability of RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen will certainly cause Australia problems on Thursday.
Van Marwijk has built the foundation of his team around a combative and creative midfield, which showed in the Socceroos narrow defeat to France. The likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were largely anonymous thanks to the tough defending and no-nonense approach of Mile Jedinak and co. In order to succeed against Denmark however, Australia will have to do more than defend well, with the creative abilities of Andrew Nabbout failing to convince at the weekend.
The result on Thursday could well depend on which manager decides to gamble first, and push on for a win. If neither does, we could well be in for a quiet 90 minutes.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/6
Neither side is great going forward but strong defensively.
Australia to win at 4/1
Having lost their first game, Australia will need a win to have much chance of progressing.