Denmark and Australia face off in the 21st match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and no doubt, it’s going to be a fiery battle between the Socceroos and the Danes. Both the countries will be looking to walk out of the Denmark Vs Australia match with maximum points and a better chance of qualifying for the Round of 16.
Denmark go into this match having defeated Peru 1-0 while Australia lost their previous match to France by a 2-1 margin, both the matches being very close affairs. Denmark will definitely qualify for the knock-out stages with a win in the Denmark Vs Australia. However, for Australia to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the next round, the Denmark Vs Australia is a must win game.
Australia and Denmark will face off for the fourth time with Denmark leading with two wins to Australia’s one. In their last meeting, the Danes won 2-0 pretty comfortably. This will be the first time that the two sides are facing each other in a FIFA World Cup.
Denmark are looking like the favorites to qualify for the next round along with France. They showed integrity and strength in the win over Peru and displayed how dangerous they can be on the counter. Denmark look very solid defensively not having conceded in their last 5 games including a friendly victory over World Champion upseter Mexico.
Midfielder William Kvist is out for the rest of the tournament after breaking his rib during the win over Peru. He is likely be replaced by Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone. Australia tends to give away a lot of set-pieces in dangerous positions and playmaker Christian Eriksen will be licking his lips for such opportunities.
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The Danes will be looking to grab full three points from the Denmark Vs Australia match to confirm their qualification to the first round of the knock-out stages and extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
The 26 year-old is without a doubt the MVP of this Danish side and was their leading man during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Even though he had a somewhat quiet game against Peru, he was the one who provided the match winning assist to Yussuf Poulsen with a lovely through pass.
14 – Top scorer (11) and assist provider (3) for Denmark during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Christian Eriksen was directly involved in 56% of his team’s goals. Six of his 11 goals came from outside the box. Vital. #PER #DEN #WorldCup #PERDEN pic.twitter.com/aaHzYURrQz
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With Barcelona apparently interested in him, he would be extra motivated to deliver an exceptional performance and all but seal Denmark’s place in the last 16. As for Denmark, they need this Spurs man to be on top of his game to get hold of a victory in the Denmark Vs Australia match.
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Although the 31 year-old goalkeeper might not have attained the legendary status that his father did for both club and country, he is undoubtedly an integral part of the Denmark side and has constantly proven his worth with some exceptional displays.
6 saves for Kasper Schmeichel, the most in the World Cup so far by any goalkeeper. He has now gone over 500 minutes without conceding a goal for Denmark, last conceding against the Republic of Ireland in November 2017. FT Peru 0-1 Denmark #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/r8VpsWlNPo
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One of which came against Peru in their last match in which he made a total of six crucial saves and ensured that his side walked away with 3 points from the match. Set to make his 37th appearance for his country, Schmeichel will be looking to put in a strong display between the sticks in today’s Denmark Vs Australia match.
Denmark are likely to field the same line up as their previous game with just one change coming in the form of Lasse Schone in place of William Kvist, who is ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
The Socceroos are under immense pressure to perform in the Denmark Vs Australia match as anything less than a win in this tie would mean that their World Cup adventure would not move ahead of the group stages. Australia opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat to France, a match in which they deserved at least a point for their hearty display.
Australia will have to take out all the positives from their match against the French and forget the negatives and apply them against a Denmark side which looked pretty solid in their win over Peru. Australia are a team which look to sit back and absorb the pressure and then look for openings on the counter-attack.
They will have to be solid at the back as the key man for Denmark, Eriksen is an expert in finding gaps in defenses. And they need to be lethal going forward if they are to have a chance of winning the Denmark Vs Australia match.
Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa)
The Aston Villa midfielder is the man who Australia will rely on to thwart the dangerous Eriksen. The 33 year-old has accumulated 77 appearances for the Aussies and scored his 19th international goal against France in their opener from the penalty spot.
🏟 Mile Jedinak penalty not enough as 🇦🇺 go down 2⃣ – 1⃣ to 🇫🇷 in their first #WorldCup game
French goals came from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 16, 2018
Mile will be the key to keep the motivation levels high and ensure that his team are up to the task against the Danes. He will have to be at his absolute best to not only nullify Eriksen’s threat but also cut Denmark’s passing lanes in the final third.
Jedinak is very dangerous from dead balls and will look to take advantage of any attacking free kick in the Denmark Vs Australia game.
Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin)
Hertha Berlin attacker Leckie could be the key to unlocking Denmark’s defense as his speed and stamina is likely to trouble the Danish defenders. Leckie was largely ineffective against France in the opener as Australia looked to sit back for most of the game but he will surely be more involved in the Denmark Vs Australia game as it is a do or die situation for the Aussies.
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One to watch: Australia is considered as one of the biggest underdog but attacking midfielder Mathew Leckie deserves our attention. He scored 5 Bundesliga goals and added 1 assist for Hertha Berlin.#FIFAWorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/eUITsYhNZ0
— Daily Strikers (@DailyStrikers) May 23, 2018
A win would be a lifeline for the Socceroos and they will look to attack the and play with a high intensity.
Australia are likely to field the same line up they did in the previous game as they almost held tournament favorites France.
Denmark go into the game as favorites and will look to end the Australian World Cup dream. But as this World Cup has shown there is no such thing as favorites with powerhouses such as Germany, Argentina and Brazil failing to win in their opening matches.
I predict that the Aussies will come away with an 1-0 upset and keep their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 alive by winning the Denmark Vs Australia fixture.