Reigning world champions France face a fancied Denmark facet on Saturday afternoon in one of many group stage’s heavyweight clashes.
Didier Deschamps’ Bleus got here from behind towards Australia to kick off their title defence with a convincing victory on Tuesday night.
For the second event in a row, Denmark have been held to the primary 0-0 draw of the World Cup. Whereas Tunisia took a share of the spoils earlier within the week, France have been on the opposite facet of the stalemate in 2018.
Here is all the pieces you have to learn about a gathering between two of the highest ten in FIFA’s world rankings.
France vs Denmark H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Present Type (Final 5 Video games)
France crew information
In the identical transfer which led to Craig Goodwin’s well-taken opener, France misplaced Lucas Hernandez to a knee harm. An MRI scan confirmed it was an ACL tear for the Bayern Munich defender, ruling him out of the event.
Following Karim Benzema’s withdrawal – and Deschamps’ refusal to pick a alternative – France solely have 24 out there squad members.
France Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Upamecano, Konate, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Bench: Mandanda, Areola, Disasi, Kounde, Saliba, Varane, Guendouzi, Veretout, Camavinga, Y Fofana, Kolo Muani, Coman, Thuram.
Denmark crew information
Thomas Delaney fell sufferer to Tunisia’s sturdy method of their group opener, limping off with a knee downside on the cusp of half-time. Whether or not the instrumental midfielder will recuperate in time for the lofty conflict with France stays to be seen.
Denmark Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Kristensen, A Christensen, Andersen, Maehle; Hojbjerg, Jensen; Skov Olsen, Eriksen, Damsgaard; Dolberg.
Bench: O Christensen, Ronnow, Nelsson, Bah, Larsen, Norgaard, Wass, Lindstrom, Skov, Braitwaite Cornelius, Wind, Poulsen, Delaney, Kjaer.
On the proof of this yr’s Nations League alone, Denmark ought to be clear favourites towards a crew they defeated in Copenhagen and Paris. Nevertheless, it will be misleadingly one-eyed to solely take a look at their two most up-to-date conferences. As Kasper Schmeichel stated: “After we play France on the World Cup, will probably be a special match.”
The reigning champions are favourites going into the group sport, particularly if they’ll reproduce the scintillating swagger of their second half towards Australia.
But, Denmark’s supervisor Kasper Hjulmand is juggling extra urgent selections than his most well-liked defensive setup. In wake of the myriad of controversies surrounding the event, Hjulmand admitted: “I’m speaking for myself as a human being after I say I discover the state of affairs tough proper now.”
Regardless of the outcome towards France, these conflicting pursuits will stay.
Prediction: France 3-1 Denmark