Denmark will be looking to at least get a draw against France to go ahead to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup

by Shariq Vohra

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The Matchday 3 fixture of Group C in the FIFA World Cup will be played between France and Denmark on Tuesday, June 26 at 2 PM GMT.

The French are way ahead than Denmark when it comes to their head to head count. In the last 14 games between the two teams, the Les Bleus has won 9 times and has drawn one of them. In their World Cup encounters, both teams have won one match each.

The French team have already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament with a 2-1 win against Australia and another 1-0 win against Peru.

Denmark only has four points in two matches after winning one match against Peru by 1-0 and drawing the other one with Australia at a score of 1-1. They will be needing another draw in the France match to go into the Round of 16, a win will ensure them to be on the top of Group C but a loss here will, probably, kill their chances of going ahead.

If Denmark loses and Australia beat Peru, there might be a chance for the Danish team will still have a chance to go ahead on goal difference.

Location

The national stadium of Russia, The Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow, will be hosting the match between the French and Denmark. The stadium has a total seating capacity of 81,000 – making it the biggest football stadium in Russia. The Luzhniki Stadium also hosted the opening ceremony of the event in which around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists performed alongside Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina.

Predicted XI for France

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Corentin Tolisso

Forwards: Nabil Fekir, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar

Manager: Didier Claude Deschamps

Predicted XI for Denmark

Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel

Defenders: Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen

Midfielders: Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen

Forwards: Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Nicolai Jorgensen

Manager: Åge Fridtjof Hareide

Key Players

France: The Les Bleus will be counting on Olivier Giroud after he was left out from the squad against Australia. He was vital in providing the pass to young Kylian Mbappé for France’s goal against Peru. The Chelsea striker has also Giroud has scored the last three goals for the French against the Danes. However, he is still not likely to start the match and is probably going to be subbed during the match.

Denmark: Christian Eriksen will be the man for the Danish side. He has been scoring a goal 17 times in his last 20 appearances for Denmark. The Tottenham striker will be looking to show his ability and win this match for his side.



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