World Cup 2018 – Denmark-France

Denmark and France meet each other at the Luzhniki Stadium in a match from Group C of the FIFA World Cup. This is a clash between the two leaders in the group. Right now France are leading the group with 6 points, but Denmark have chances to finish first as well. To do this, the Scandinavians have to beat the French team.

Denmark started their participation at the World Cup with a win against Peru, which was followed by a 1-1 draw against Australia. Right now the Danish Dynamite have 3 points advantage ahead of the 3rd Australia, so they need just a point against France to secure their qualification for the 1/8-finals.

France started the World Cup with two wins from the first two matches – 2-1 against Australia and 1-0 against Peru. We can say that the French team is not shining in the way everyone expected, but so far they are pretty effective and they take what they need from the games played. They know that even a draw against Denmark would be enough to keep the first place. But it doesn’t mean that they won’t try to win, of course.

There are some problems for Denmark’s manager Age Hareide before the match. Yussuf Poulsen is suspended for the game, so Hareide will have to make some changes. Celta’s Pione Sisto is not having the best World Cup so far, so he could also be replaced by another player. Hareide have some options to do rotations, but it’s hard to predict what exactly he’s going to choose to do.

Didier Deschamps put on the pitch two different teams in the two games played so far. Against Peru he left Corentin Tolisso and Ousmane Dembele on the bench, preferring to go with Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud. Olympique Lyonnais’ Nabil Fekir is another player who Deschamps use on a regular basis, but so far he’s coming to play mainly from the bench. If the coach choose to use the same line-up from the match against Peru, we shall expect Matuidi and Giroud to be chosen ahead of Tolisso and Dembele.

According to some reports, Deschamps is going to make even more changes against Denmark. Players like Presnel Kimpembe and Thomas Lemar are also rumored to take participation in the game. This sounds logical, because France already qualified for the 1/8-finals. But in same time, if Deschamps wants to be sure in winning the first place in the group, he shall not underrestimate the Danish Dynamite too much.

It’s just logical to believe that France are favourites to win the first place in the group. They are one of the strongest teams in the competition and one of the favourites to win the trophy. In same time Denmark needs just a point to be sure that they are going to play in the 1/8-finals. Maybe we will see the Scandivians really cautious in this clash. They will be happy with a draw, that’s for sure.