2022 World Cup Preview: France vs Denmark

France will continue their title defence with a battle against Denmark on Saturday, November 26 at Stadium 974 in Rass Abou Aboud at 16:00GMT.

The defending champions were off to a brilliant start when they came from behind to beat Australia 4-1 at the Al Janoub Stadium on Tuesday night. Goodwin’s opener for Australia was short-lived as Adrien Rabiot headed home the equaliser. Olivier Giroud scored a brace to become Les Bleus’ joint all-time top scorer while Mbappé continued his goal scoring run with a fine finish.

Elsewhere, Denmark were held to a blank draw against Tunisia at the Education City Stadium.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Interestingly, France’s latest defeat was handed to them by Denmark in the UEFA Nations League last month. Les Bleus’ only two wins in their last five games were against Austria and Australia.

FRANCE’S FORM

22 November 2022     France       4-1             Australia            2022 World Cup Group D

25 September 2022     Denmark    2–0           France                 Nations League

22 September 2022     France       2–0            Austria               Nations League

13 June 2022               France       0–1             Croatia               Nations League

10 June 2022               Austria      1–1             France                 Nations League

 

 

 

 

DENMARK’S FORM

22 November 2022      Denmark     0-0       Tunisia               2022 World Cup Group D

25 September 2022     Denmark     2–0         France             Nations League

22 September 2022     Croatia         2–1         Denmark         Nations League

13 June 2022              Denmark     2–0         Austria             Nations League

10 June 2022              Denmark     0–1         Croatia             Nations League

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have locked horns 8 times in competitive matches. Interestingly Denmark have a better record over their opponents with four wins against France’s three while one has ended in a draw. However, France have won two of their World Cup matches against Denmark and have drawn one.

12 Jun 1984          France          1-0          Denmark                         UEFA European Championship

17 Jun 1992          France          1-2          Denmark                        UEFA European Championship

24 Jun 1998          France           2-1         Denmark                        FIFA World Cup

11 Jun 2000          France          3-0          Denmark                        UEFA European Championship

11 Jun 2002          Denmark      2-0          France                            FIFA World Cup

26 Jun 2018          Denmark       0-0         France                            FIFA World Cup

03 Jun 2022          France           1-2         Denmark                         UEFA Nations League

25 Sep 2022         Denmark       2-0        France                             UEFA Nations League

 

TEAM NEWS

FRANCE 

Lucas Hernandez is undoubtedly out of the rest of the competition as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the champions’ win over the Socceroos

His brother, Theo Hernandez will take the mantle against Denmark. Giroud will be looking to  set the record of France’s all-time top scorers with a goal.

PREDICTED LINE UP

(4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

 

DENMARK

Thomas Delaney is a doubt for the Danish Dynamites as he limped off during their first match, Hojberg and Olsen will be at the heart of midfield while Kasper Dolberg is supported by Christian Eriksen and Damsgaard

(3-4-2-1): Schmeichel; Andersen, Christensen, Kjaer; Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Maehle; Skov Olsen, Dolberg, Damsgaard

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