Place: Russia. Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium.
Date: on the 26th of June, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, group C, 3rd round
France (the head coach Didier Deschamps)
As of this writing, that is, according to the results of the 8th matchday of the FIFA World Cup in Russia (on the 21st of June) four teams ahead of schedule became the participants of the first round of the playoffs. These are Russia, Uruguay, France and Croatia which have given an absolute result in two last rounds – six points from six possible.
At the same time the national teams of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Peru have lost even theoretical chances of getting into the playoffs. And therefore for these teams the forthcoming third round of the group stage has already turned into protocol formality.
The team of Didier Deschamps for one more victory, this time over Peru (1:0), need one scored goal by Kylian Mbappe on the 34th minute. In comparison with the first match against Australia (2:1) the national team of France has experienced two substitutions. In the middle of the field Corentin Tolisso has substituted Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud became the third forward instead of Ousmane Dembélé.
Denmark (the head coach Åge Hareide)
Last Thursday, on the 21st of June, prior to the match between France and Peru in the capital of the Ural region (Samara) there has taken place the match between two other participants of group C – Denmark and Australia, which has ended with the productive draw (1:1). By the status of the favorite of this match, Åge Hareide’s team has opened the score by scoring the first goal on the 7th minute after the accurate shot of Christian Eriksen.
However at the end of the first half the team of the famous Dutch expert Bert van Marwijk have gained the right for penalty and have tied the score (1:1). And after a break Denmark didn’t manage to score a goal. However, taking into account the subsequent victory of France over Peru, the Red and Whites are still the main challengers for the second final place: France – 6 (3:1), Denmark – 4 (2:1), Australia – 1 (2:3), Peru – 0 (0:2).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Denmark vs France
As we see, prior to the last third round Denmark is ahead of its only rival with three points. This fact means that in the central match of the group which will be held in Luzhniki the team of Åge Hareide will be pleased even with the goalless draw. Though in this match, according to experts, the bright favorite is France: Denmark – 4.30, France – 2.30.
This will be 3rd meeting of Denmark and France in the history of the final World Cup tournaments. Exactly 20 years ago, during the FIFA World Cup (1998) in France the team of Aimé Jacquet has won over Denmark with the score- 2:1. However in four years, during the World Cup 2002, Denmark has won over France – 2:0.
So, what do we have now? The paradox of the third in the history meeting of the modern national teams of France and Denmark is that in this match in order to keep their current tournament situation, two leaders of group C will be pleased with the draw result.