Betting tip World Cup 2018: Denmark - France

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 at 16:00 o’clock (CET)

Duel for Group win

The second match of Group C on Tuesday is the one between Denmark and France. A draw would be enough for both teams to earn a spot in the round of top 16. The winner of the match would finish first in the group. In our World Cup betting tips we provide as usual everything you need to know about the current form of both teams. Kick-off is June 26 at 4 PM (CET).

Denmark

  • strong transition game
  • stable defence

France

  • good record in direct duel
  • already earned spot for round of top 16
  • in general stronger roster

Current form of Denmark

Denmark is a short step away from the round of top 16, which would mean that they reached their designated goal. Even a loss in the duel with France could be enough, when Australia doesn’t beat Peru high enough. But Denmark should rather focus on their own performance, which hasn’t been too great all the time so far. They showed their potential at times, but they were never able to take their quality on the field for 90 minutes. This also happened in the second group match against Australia, which ended in a 1:1 draw. Denmark started well and also went into the lead early. Tottenham superstar Christian Eriksen could score his first goal of the tournament. This resulted from a beautiful combination, after striker Nicolai Jörgensen prepared the ball well for his teammate after a long ball. Additionally Yusuf Poulsen – winning goal scorer in the 1:0 victory over Peru – caused an avoidable penalty shot, which led to the draw in the end. In our opinion Denmark was the weaker team in the second half too, even though opponent Australia only had 5 scoring opportunities in the end. Age Hareide’s team could once more rely on a strong goal keeper. Kasper Schmeichel saved the point for his team and confirmed the opinion we had about him before the match. The Leicester keeper already was one of the best players ion his team in the first match against Peru. Against France the “Danish Dynamite” is in the underdog position, which shouldn’t be too bad for the Scandinavians. Why? Because they struggle, when they have to take matters into their own hands, instead Denmark rather counts on their strengths of situated pressing and a fast transition game. It’s also a fact that a draw would be enough against France and so the Hareide-Eleven would already be satisfied with such. The last victory over France dates back to the year 2002 by the way. The last three duels were all lost and Denmark only was able to score one goal in these matches (1:2; twice 0:2).

Current form of France

For France similar things count as for opponent Denmark, even e bit stronger in our opinion. Didier Deschamps’ team started as the clear favourite in their group and as a title contender into the final round in Russia. First place in Group C is still very realistic. So far they scored the maximum of 6 points in 2 matches with wins against Australia (2:1) and Peru (1:0). But their performance in these matches weren’t really world champion worthy. The highly praised offense hasn’t been that effective so far and hasn’t been able to use their tempo yet. This might turn into a problem against offensively strong teams. Currently the Frenchmen simply lack tempo, the combinations are being played too slowly and so the opponents always have the chance to form and adapt. The midfield will be important to create good opportunities for the players in front. This still didn’t work perfectly despite taking Blaise Matuidi into the starting eleven. In the first match Bayern player Tolisso played that position. How much France struggled against Peru shows the fact that they only had 44 percent ball possession after 90 minutes. At least they only gave the opponent two scoring opportunities as well, but this wasn’t necessarily due to France’s good defence than rather due to Peru’s lack of accuracy. It’s also a fact before the match against Denmark, however: Didier Deschamps’ team is less under pressure than their opponent. While Denmark might be eliminated when losing, France already earned a spot in the round of top 16. This altered pressure situation could favour the co-favourite’s game. It’s quite possible that coach Deschamps rests a couple of key players and instead sends his “second eleven” on the field. At the end of the day one has to mention though, that one could see an improvement in France’s performance in the first half against Peru. That less pressure is helpful shows the fact that France played more freely after the (lucky) goal by Mbappé for the 1:0. Like Denmark they weren’t able to keep the level of intensity though and in the second half they were under more pressure again.

Forecast and Betting Tip

If France can play to its potential over 90 minutes, we see the current group leader as the favourite. Denmark on the other hand will try everything not to lose. Regarding betting tips this match is a challenge, but we believe that Les Bleus will end the group stage with the point maximum: Tip 2.

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