Denmark vs. France
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 26, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: France -163 / Draw +291 / Denmark +474 -- Over/Under: 2.5
The final matchday of group C pits group leader France against Denmark from the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow.
France comes into this matchup already having booked their spot in the round of 16 with a second straight win, their most recent coming in the form of a 1-0 win over Peru on Thursday to sit at 6 points looking down on the rest of Group C. Kylian Mbappe gave Les Bleus the lead 34 minutes into the match with a tap in off of a deflected shot, and that’s all the French would need to seal the victory. It wasn’t easy however, as France has to endure 56% possession from the Peruvians, but France did outshoot Peru 12-10 and 4-2 in terms of shots on target.
Denmark on the other hand made a big stride in advancing in the tournament, sitting on 4 points in 2nd position after a 1-1 draw with Australia on Thursday morning. Christian Eriksen gave the Danes the lead just 7 minutes into the match, before controversy struck just before halftime. There were shouts for handball in the Danish 18-yard box to which referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved play on. However, video review officials advised Lahoz to take a 2nd look at which he awarded Australia a penalty which resulted in an equalizing goal in the 37th minute and a yellow card to Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, meaning Poulsen will miss this match due to an accumulation of yellow cards. The Aussies out possessed Denmark 52%-48%, and outshot the Danes 14-10, with each side registering 5 shots on target.
Head-to-head, France have won the last four friendly matchups dating back to 2006, but in the last competitive meeting at a tournament, Denmark defeated France 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup.
This matchup doesn’t mean anything more to France than maybe getting a win to keep their momentum going and to keep their recent form against Denmark in tact. A Danish win would help the team breathe easier but also forcing the issue and potentially losing the match could be equally as dangerous with Australia playing a Peru side with nothing to play for. All in all, with a point helping Denmark and not meaning anything to France, I envision this match being a dull affair resulting in a draw. Braver punters can also try chasing the 0-0 final score.