Denmark v Australia World Cup Betting Tips
June 18, 2018
Denmark v Australia Top Betting Tips
Australia will face Denmark in the Samara Arena on Thursday in their second Group C game. It’s one that the Socceroos simply cannot afford to lose following their 2-1 defeat to France in their opening encounter, with a second loss almost certainly ending their hopes of a place in the last 16.
In truth Australia were somewhat unfortunate not to claim a draw against the French in Kazan, with a well-organised defensive display and Aaron Mooy and Mile Jedinak holding their own in midfield.
It was only a late Paul Pogba effort that deflected off Australia full-back Behich and then came down off the underside of the crossbar to fall inches over the goal-line that ultimately cost Australia a precious point.
By contrast, Denmark were more than a little fortuitous in beating Peru 1-0 in Saransk, with Yussuf Poulsen scoring the only goal of the game just before the hour mark after being played through by Christian Eriksen. However, Peru missed a penalty just before the interval and were the better team in their first World Cup finals appearance since 1982, with 17 attempts on goal during the game.
Based on their respective performances in those opening games, the Socceroos will firmly believe that they can get a positive result in Samara. The key for Australia from a defensive viewpoint will be stopping Eriksen, both in terms of supply and goals.
Going forward, Australia might not have the technical ability of the Peruvians, but coach Bert van Marwijk will be confident that the likes of Andrew Nabbout, Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill will get opportunities. Australia are always a threat from set-pieces too, although the Danes are a solid defensive unit.
The Danes are favourites for the game at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365*, with Australia at 15/4 (4.75) with the same bookmaker. The best bet though could be the draw option, which is offered at 13/5 (3.60) also with bet365*.
A draw isn’t ideal, but it would definitely leave Australia with their qualification hopes still alive going into their final game against Peru, even if they were to be reliant on the result in the France v Denmark game going their way.
* Odds correct at the time of writing
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