France out to show they’re special against Denmark
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Denmark and France hold the pole in the Group C standings coming into the final matchday on Tuesday.
A draw keeps France at the very top of the standings and helps Denmark preserve the second position regardless of the outcome of the clash between Australia and Peru. Will we see such scenario at Stadion Luzhniki on the day?
This will be the 14th head to head encounter between Denmark and France. Les Bleus have been much more successful over the course of history, winning on 8 occasions and losing just 4 times in the process.
However, it’s Denmark who came on top when the two sides last locked horns in a World Cup affair, back at the 2002 tournament in Korea/Japan (2-1).
France have won 3 friendlies against Denmark ever since, including two in 2015 (2-0 and 2-1).
Even though the draw would work out just fine for both sides, we do believe that France will confirm the difference in quality and clinch a three-pointer to preserve the perfect record before the knockout stages.
Deschamps might make some changes to his starting line-up, but he has some world-class quality on the bench too, which is why we find the value in backing Les Bleus to win.
Denmark have one such man in their ranks, but will the Spurs’ Christian Eriksen be enough to help his team avoid a defeat and clinch the last 16 round place?
In all, we expect a close encounter with very few goal-scoring chances at both ends. Prior to the 1-1 draw to Australia, Kasper Schmeichel has kept five consecutive clean sheets (counting the 1-0 win over Peru at the start of the World Cup), meaning France will hardly bag three or more goals on the day.
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