Defending champions France get their second FIFA World Cup outing against Denmark in Doha on Saturday. Didier Deschamps’ men were shaky at first before easing past Australia, 4-1. The Danes labored to a goalless draw with Tunisia but have a decent record against the French of late. Lucas Hernandez had to drop out of the tournament after his injury against the Socceroos, but goals are not a problem for the likes of Kylian Mbappe, and Olivier Giroud. The Danish need to find a few goals of their own and cannot afford to not hold France to at least a draw.
Denmark lacklustre in opening match
Denmark had been labelled “dark horses” by many pundits for the tournament, having been on a recent fine run of form that included beating France twice in the nations league.
However, perceptions of the Scandinavians have changed after they were bullied by Tunisia in a chest-thumping, high-octane opening match.
How to watch and odds
Date: Saturday, November 26 | Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: Stadium 974 — Doha, Qatar
TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: France -143; Draw +270; Denmark +400 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
France: Lucas Hernandez has gone home while Kingsley Coman had to be watched after picking up a knock since the Aussie victory. Olivier Giroud scoring goals is already an upgrade on the successful 2018 edition and the AC Milan man is in contention at the top of the early scoring charts. A win would put Les Bleus through with a game to spare which would be a welcome development given that it was expected to be tough contest for top spot with the Danes.
Denmark: Thomas Delaney is out of the remainder of this World Cup due to the knee injury he suffered against Tunisia earlier in the week. An unexpected goalless draw with the Eagles of Carthage has Kasper Hjulmand’s men sweating the result against the French given that they would have hoped to beat them to top spot. A draw would not be a disaster, but much would then depend on Tunisia’s results against Australia and then Les Bleus.
This one should be tight with both teams scoring. A score draw sounds about right, but do not be surprised by a narrow France win. Both should still advance over Tunisia and Australia. Pick: France 1, Denmark 1.
Meanwhile, France enjoyed a fine start to their World Cup campaign swatting aside the Socceroos 4-1 courtesy of an Olivier Giroud brace.
There will be slight concerns that they allowed Australia, who lacked real quality in their team, to open the scoring.
Just before the tournament began, Karim Benzema had to withdraw after failing to recover from a thigh injury. Still, France boast an embarrassment of riches up front with Kylian Mbappe, Antione Greizmann and Giroud as starters.