Denmark saw off their main rivals for second spot as they overcame Peru and will now want to secure their place in the knockout rounds before having to encounter France. They’ll be full of confidence after stretching their unbeaten run to a mammoth 16 games, where they’ve won eight of their last 12, and should extend that streak further having faced far better teams than Australia in each of their last four.
Bert van Marwijk’s side have lost 11 of their last 18 versus top-40 opponents according to our rankings, while they’ve failed to score in three of the last five of these.
The Aussies were only able to get on the scoresheet against France due to a needless Umtiti handball giving them the chance from the spot, and Denmark are unlikely to be so obliging should they find themselves ahead. They’ve only relinquished a lead in one of the last nine games where they’ve gone in front, while their defence is very strong, with five consecutive clean sheets.
However, having only netted more than a single strike in two of their last nine, a narrow 1-0 win is on the cards. Indeed, four of Denmark’s five matches since March have seen fewer than two goals, including a pair of 1-0 victories.
Yussuf Poulsen has found the opener in Denmark’s last two outings, but prior to that he’d registered just the single goal for club or country since November, and we can’t look past Eriksen as the principle threat. The key midfielder has 16 goals in 19 appearances for the national side over the past two years, netting six of their 11 goals since October, and has been a consistent match winner when the Danes have needed him most.