FIFA World Cup 2022 : Denmark vs Australia Match Preview and Lineups

Denmark vs Australia
GAME Denmark vs Australia
DATE 30/11/2022
TIME 08:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Al Janoub Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
Denmark [0-1] Australia

Match Preview of Denmark vs Australia

Australia and Denmark round off their World Cup group stage campaigns when they meet at the Al Janoub Stadium on Wednesday.

With France already through from Group D, this has essentially become a winner-takes-all encounter.

Australia have the upper hand going into this fixture, following their win over Tunisia in Saturday's early offering, moving them into second with four points.

That was just Australia's third-ever World Cup win, and their first since 2010 when they beat Serbia in South Africa.

Despite that win in 2010 though, that was not enough to take them through even after collecting four points, and that exact fate will repeat itself if they fall to defeat here.

Their form in previous World Cups against European sides presents cause for concern though, as they have lost eight of their 11 meetings with sides from the continent, but they did manage a 1-1 draw with their upcoming opponents in the last iteration in Russia four years ago.

Like 2010 though, they also failed to make it through the groups, as in five finals appearances, they have made the knockout round just once, in 2006.

At these finals, they have been strong starters, and that could serve them well in a tense, potentially close-fought game here.

Australia took the lead against both France and Tunisia inside the opening quarter of the game, and in the latter, it was the first time they have ever led at half-time in a World Cup match.

A first clean sheet at the tournament since 1974 was most welcome too, and if they can repeat that feat here, it will see them progress at Denmark's expense.

Our Predicted Lineups

Denmark possible starting lineup:Schmeichel; Andersen, Kjaer, Christensen; Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Maehle; Skov Olsen, Dolberg, Damsgaard

Australia possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Ryan; Karacic, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Leckie, Irvine, Mooy, McGree, Goodwin; Duke

Who will win the match?

We say: Australia 0-2 Denmark. Even though they only need a draw to progress, Australia will find it difficult against a determined Danish side who will be desperate not to be one of the major underperformers at these finals. Denmark performed when the pressure was on against Russia at Euro 2020, and they could well pull out a similar display here.

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