World Cup hopefuls France face Denmark on Tuesday in their last group game, and will be hoping to make it three straight wins in a row after defeating Australia and Perun in their first and second fixtures.
The French are already through to the next round of the World Cup, but will be looking to to book themselves an easier fixture in the knockout stages with a win today.
Denmark, on the other hand, have won one and drawn one of their first two fixtures, and know very well a draw or win in this will send them straight to the round of sixteen regardless of how the Australia game plays out.
Here is our betting preview of the match. Odds used in the post are the latest from bookie Betfair.
PREDICTIONS AND BETTING TIPS
Denmark have the kind of men that can produce a moment of magic if the chance presents itself. France will thus be wise to shun complacency. It should be an easy win for Les Bleus, but since Didier Deschamps has decided to rest most of his star men including Pogba and Mbappe, the Danes will most likely feel like they have a chance to win it and send men forward. Our prediction is that the game will end a draw.
A win for France has been quoted at 11/10. A win for Denmark is down at 4/1 while a draw is 9/5 to happen.
Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann are both expected to start the match. The Chelsea forward has been priced at 9/2 to be the first on the scoresheet and 21/10 to score anytime while the Atletico Madrid man is a 7/4 bet to score anytime and 4/1 to break the deadlock.
Lyon striker Nabil Fekir has been handed the start too, and is a lucrative 11/4 to find the back of the net and 6/1 to produce the first goal of the match – same as Kylian Mbappe, who apparently isn’t in the starting lineup. Ousmanne Dembele, who will start on the right, is down at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game and 16/5 to score anytime.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
France may have rested most of their star players but we don’t expect that to affect the Tempo of the game. Three of their last six fixtures have all produced more than two goals.
Denmark haven’t scored more than two goals in any of their last eight games, but this being a do-or-die game, we fancy them to send men forward and try to sneak a win.
The over 2.5 goals prospect has been priced at a lucrative 8/5. The contrary is a 1/2 bet.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Assuming Les Bleus are sure to put a few past the Denmark goalkeeper, what are the chances Denmark will pull one or two back?
Well, there is a significant probability that happens, we reckon. Age Hareide’s boys need at least a point to stay ahead of Australia, who could win and pull the plug on the Danes’ stay in Russia.
Betfair have quoted the prospect of both teams scoring down at 23/20 and the contrary at 8/11.