France v Denmark: Familiar foes meet again
France v Denmark betting tips, predictions and odds
Two teams who know all about each other square up when France take on Denmark in Group D.
This will be the third meeting between the pair since the summer after the Danes beat the defending world champions twice on Nations League duty.
Saturday’s match at Stadium 974 kicks off at 4pm and is live on ITV.
No three in a row
Denmark’s recent victories over France make up only a small part of a strange Nations League tale. Les Bleus also posted a loss and a defeat against Croatia and drew with Austria.
Didier Deschamps’ side had added the Nations League crown to their 2018 World Cup win before a run of one win in six in 2022.
But it seems impossible to imagine them surrendering football’s biggest prize so meekly, especially after watching them come from behind to thump Australia 4-1.
Game two will provide a tougher test but it is one they should pass and France winning odds of 4/5 appeal.
A second straight win for the reigning champions is the first pick in our France v Denmark betting tips.
Attack, attack, attack
Much was made of France losing midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante to injury before striker Karim Benzema joined them on the sidelines just before the tournament kicked off.
But Kylian Mbappe was on fire against the Aussies, scoring one and setting up two, while Antoine Griezmann looked sharp. And there was also Olivier Giroud, seizing his chance in Benzema’s absence and equalling Thierry Henry as his nation’s all-time top scorer with a deadly double. Denmark, you have been warned.
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The Danes, with Kasper Hjulmand in charge, are well organised at the back, and certainly tighter than Australia.
They conceded just three times in 10 qualifying matches and two of those goals came at Hampden in the last game with their ticket to Qatar already stamped.
But they did give up five in those six Nations League fixtures and there are few teams in this competition with a frontline like the French.
Deschamps’ side to win with both teams scoring is 3/1 and the second selection in our France v Denmark predictions.
Fine French support act
With a run to the business end the very minimum expected from France, Deschamps will use the numbers at his disposal.
Marcus Thuram, son of World Cup winner Lilian, was a late call-up after 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga games for Borussia Monchengladbach this season.
He came off the bench against the Socceroos and if, as expected, he’s named among the substitutes again, take a look at the 11/2 he scores the last goal.
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