Denmark vs Australia: Match Preview,Prediction and Expected Starting Line-up
Confident Denmark will contest Australia in the first match of the day. With a win in their previous encounter, Denmark will be looking forward to maintaining their good run. Thus, with a win in the match against Australia, Denmark would be eyeing the top 16 finish of the FIFA World Cup.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is a world-class talent and the crucial figure in the team. In the playoff against Ireland to make the World Cup the playmaker scored a hat-trick in Denmark’s 5-1 demolition of the Irish at Lansdowne Road.
Tricky winger Pione Sisto plays for Spanish club Celta Vigo and only three players, including Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, provided more assists in La Liga last season. Captain Simon Kjaer plays for Sevilla who knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League and midfielder Thomas Delaney has just been transferred between German clubs Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund for $46 million.
Denmark Probable Starting XI
Kasper Schmeichel, Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard, Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jorgensen, and Yussuf Yurary Poulsen.
Meanwhile, Australia will look to pull things back after a loss in their previous match against France. This encounter will prove to be a must-win game for Australia if they want to finish in top 16.
Having fractured his wrist in Denmark’s previous encounter against Peru, William Kvist of Denmark is expected to miss the game against Australia. Lasse Schone of Ajax is expected to replace him in the encounter against Australia.
Australia Probable Starting XI
Mathew Ryan, Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Tomi Juric, and Mathew Leckie.
Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk isn’t ruling out changes — including starting Tim Cahill — as Australia ready to face Denmark in Group C.
Van Marwijk maintains any of the 23 players in his Australian squad are a chance of starting against Denmark in Samara on Thursday.
If the Socceroos lose, they will exit Russia after the group stage regardless of the outcome of their final game against Peru next Tuesday.
Win or draw, and they’ll remain a chance of advancing.
Van Marwijk is tunnel-visioned on the challenge presented by a Danish team ranked No.12 in the world. And he says the Danes are better team than world No.7 France, who pipped Australia 2-1 in the tournament opener.
“The Danish, they are a strong team,” van Marwijk told reporters. “They are number 12 in the world rankings — that says enough.
“They have a strong team, physical strong, very tall players — that is a weapon.
“We played against France, they have I think more quality in the players and more creativity. But I think the Danish are maybe more a team.”
With Australia’s full-back Josh Risdon overcoming a corked hip suffered in the loss to France, Van Marwijk has a full squad to select from.
“I will not talk about changes or no changes,” he said.
Pressed on whether Tim Cahill was a chance to feature after not playing against France, Van Marwijk replied: “There is always a chance for all the players.”
The Danes defeated Peru 1-0 in their tournament opener to level with France in the race to get out of Group C.
And van Marwijk said the Danish team presented a different challenge than France, mainly because of their height: six of their players are 190cm or taller.
“Denmark will be a very difficult team to play against,” he said. “But we get more confidence every day in the way we want to play and I think that is very important.
“We have to play exactly the same that we did against France, with all the discipline.
“And now we have to fine detail things where the Danish most have problems.”
Denmark vs Australia: Match Prediction
Predicted score: Denmark 1- 0 Australia
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