Quality to prevail for reigning champs

France can seal progression from Group D when they take on Denmark on Saturday.

It was only Australia in the opening match, but Didier Deschamps’ reigning champions looked very impressive despite missing a lot of players through injury.

The camp would have been rocked by losing Karim Benzema for the entire tournament last weekend, but Olivier Giroud stepped up with a brace against the Aussies, equalling Thierry Henry’s record as France’s all-time top goalscorer.

Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante will be missed in central midfield, but Aurelien Tchouameni is definitely ready for the step up, while Adrien Rabiot produced a measured and effective performance to help the side to victory on matchday one.

Denmark would have been frustrated to be held to a goalless draw against Tunisia in their opener, but the Danes came up against a stubborn resistance and will still be confident in earning qualification.


Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele were mesmerising at times in the opener, with Antoine Griezmann thriving in a deeper attacking role than we have become accustomed to seeing him in.

Lucas Hernandez appeared to pick up a serious knee injury in the lead-up to Australia taking the lead, but in his brother Theo, Deschamps has a solid replacement to call on.

Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano looked extremely comfortable in central defensive, and they could dominate a fairly inexperienced Denmark frontline, an area of weakness in the side.

A draw would be a good result for Denmark in this match but sitting back and inviting pressure on their own goal could be a mistake due to the overwhelming quality in France’s ranks.

The Danes will have one eye on Tunisia v Australia in the first match of the day, with a victory for the former potentially harming Denmark’s chances of qualification, if France enter the final match with nothing to play for.


An outright play entices me enough to ignore a goals angle for this fixture, although I am not expecting as many goals as France’s opener.

  • France have scored in eight of ten.

  • France have conceded in seven of ten.

  • France have seen both teams score in five of ten.

  • France have seen over 2.5 goals in four of ten.

  • Denmark have scored in seven of ten.

  • Denmark have conceded in six of ten.

  • Denmark have seen both teams score in four of ten.

  • Denmark have seen over 2.5 goals in five of ten.

France - Denmark Betting Tip

France to Win with bet365 at odds of 4/5 or 1.80.

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