Denmark vs Australia Group C World Cup Picks & Predictions 6/21/2018
World Cup Group C
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Denmark will play at Samara Arena when they take on Australia on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in a Group C matchup. The opening line for this game has Denmark at -143 and Australia at +370. The total has been set at 2.25.
Both teams have good players all across the pitch, but the overall talent levels are quite a bit higher on the Danish side. Denmark will look to use its skilled players up front to overwhelm the Australian back line, while Australia will be hoping that they can hold on to possession for longer periods than expected to maybe steal a point.
Denmark's only going to go as far as star midfielder Christian Eriksen can take them, but in games like this one they will have a chance to mix it up and let other players share the spotlight. Against Australia, you can expect Denmark to put on a strong press and win the possession battle. If things go according to plan, expect to see Denmark win this game handily by simply holding on to the ball and allowing their stars to make a couple of key plays.
The young Celta Vigo winger is not the star of the team, but he will need to step up in games like this to gain some momentum for the tougher matchups. Sisto is Denmark's fastest player and you can expect many off-ball runs by the 23-year-old. If he can make the right decisions in front of goal, Sisto could make a name for himself on the world stage in this game and, possibly, in this tournament.
Arguably the most underrated player on this Denmark team, Schone has top-notch abilities to keep possession and spray passes around the pitch. Unfortunately for him, Schone has lived in Christian Eriksen's shadow for a while now, but he has shown that he can do some great work playing beside his superstar midfield partner. He is expected to start in this game and you can expect him to have a solid performance.
New head coach Bert van Marwijk hasn't had much time to work with the team, but you can be sure that he has been focusing on defense in the last couple of months. Australia can score against just about anyone, but their defense has looked pretty weak even against lesser opponents. Against a team with Denmark's talent, they will need to pressure quickly and get quick counter-attacking balls down the sides of the pitch so their speedy players can do some damage themselves.
Whether he starts or comes off of the bench for Australia, you can expect Nabbout to have some kind of impact on this game. The 25-year-old striker has one goal (against Czech Republic earlier this month) in his four appearances for his national side, and he has shot up the ranks at the club level in recent years. He's strong, good on the ball, and, probably most importantly, he doesn't seem to be fazed by the big stage.
Considering how relentless Denmark's attack can be, Australia's number one keeper is going to have to have a near-perfect performance he wants his team to get anything from this game. Ryan already has 44 appearances for Denmark and is just 26 years of age, so the pressure shouldn't get to him in this one.
Key Denmark Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Australia Injuries
No key injuries to report
Who will win tonight's Denmark/Australia World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Denmark -143
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