Denmark v Australia Betting Tips, Odds & Preview
Australian fans are among the most loyal in sport. If there’s an Australian team or player competing anywhere in the world you can be sure they’ll receive more than their fair share of fanatical support.
It’s not always easy being an Australian fan though, just look at this weekend.
In Cardiff, the Baggy Greens lost the second ODI against England while thousands were in attendance at the Kazan Arena to see the Socceroos lose their opening match of the World Cup against France.
Those in Kazan did at least leave the stadium with their heads held high. The Roos can count themselves unlucky to have lost 2-1 to France having been on the wrong end of the first major VAR decision of the tournament and a fluke goal in the 81st minute.
Bert van Marwijk knows that the pressure is now on his team in the battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup given Denmark’s win over Peru. But, like all Socceroos fans, van Marwijk can take heart from a performance which should provide a platform to build on for the second match against the Danes.
Disjointed Denmark Provide Australia a Real Opportunity
Bert van Marwijk has proven that he is taking his short time in charge of the Socceroos very seriously. He’ll have Australia very well drilled against Denmark both in terms of their general shape and in dealing with the specific threats posed by the Danes.
There is no doubt that Christian Eriksen will feature heavily in the Socceroos’ pre-match meeting.
The Tottenham midfielder is capable of controlling games and is a potent goalscoring threat as he showed with his virtuoso performance against the Republic of Ireland in the match that sealed Denmark’s participation at the World Cup.
Eriksen was well below his best against Peru though, growing increasingly frustrated with his own performance and that of his teammates.
Providing Aaron Mooy and Mile Jedinak can keep tabs on Eriksen in midfield, the Roos’ defensive solidity will make it very tough for Denmark to score. That makes the Australia/Draw selection look overpriced at in Unibet’s double chance market at $2.04.
Low Scoring Game Expected in Samara
Denmark went into Group C as the favourites to finish second. The three points against Peru have done their hopes of qualifying the world of good but if Denmark don’t improve they could well miss out on a place in the knockout stages.
The most worrying thing for the Danes is their lack of fluidity going forwards.
You could say something similar about Australia who did well to hold onto possession at times against France but need more from their forward players.
The importance of this game to both team’s chances of qualifying will create a lot of pressure. Nobody wants to make a costly mistake in these sort of games so we’re expecting a tight match in which a bet on under 2.5 goals pays out at $1.61 with Bet365.
If you’re feeling confident about the Socceroos chances of picking up a big three points against Denmark, it could pay to back a grinding 1-0 Australia win at tempting odds of $10 with bookmaker.com.au.
Can Juric Step Up and Deliver?
Tomi Juric’s World Cup hopes hung in the balance just a few short weeks ago. The Socceroos striker was battling to prove his fitness to van Marwijk and eventually did enough to be rewarded with a place in the 23-man squad.
Van Marwijk gave Andrew Naabbout the nod to start against France but he failed to impress up front on his own. That could mean Juric gets his chance to shine from the start.
Juric was happy enough with the Socceroos’ performance against France and help to secure an even better result against Denmark by scoring first at $8.50 with Palmerbet.
After a daunting first game against France, Australia will feel more confident about getting a positive result when they face Denmark in Samara. Denmark had to come through a playoff against the Republic of Ireland to book their place in the World Cup. The Danes were excellent across both legs of that playoff though so Bert van Marwijk must ensure his Australia players show all their defensive solidity. If they do, the Socceroos can frustrate Denmark and should manage a goal so a 1-1 draw is very possible.
Head to Head
The Socceroos first meeting against Denmark came in 2007. The Danes won that game 3-1 but Australia got revenge three years later thanks to a Josh Kennedy goal that nsecured a 1-0 win. Denmark won the most recent meeting 2-0 in 2012 but it’s worth noting that all those games were friendlies so it remains to be seen how they fare under the pressure of the World Cup.
Cosmos Arena, Samara
TV – Optus Sport
Streaming – You can stream Denmark v Australia via Bet365’s streaming service. In order to watch a live stream all you need to do is have a funded Bet365 account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours.
Australia Projected Team
Ryan; Sainsbury, Milligan, Wright, Behich; Jedinak, Luongo; Mooy, Leckie, Rogic; Juric
Denmark Projected Team
Schmeichel; Kjær, Bjelland, Christensen Larsen; Delaney, Schone; Eriksen, Sisto, Poulsen; Jorgensen
Players to Watch
The underdoutbed star of this Denmark side is Christian Eriksen. The attacking midfielder arrived at Tottenham with great promise and has really flourished in recent seasons. His hat-trick against Ireland showed just how dangerous Eriksen can be so the likely Australia midfield partnership of Mile Jedinak and Massimo Luongo have their work cut out keeping him quiet.
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21 June 2018, 10pm AEST