Danes will be taking on Les Blues in their final group stage match and Demark would be looking to salvage a point and progress to the next round of this tournament. Expectations were huge from this French side after an unconvincing win against Australia but against Peru, they got the three points in a similar underwhelming fashion. Demark, on the other hand, would be circumspect of this talented French squad and would be looking to improve their performance in the final third of the pitch.
● Date: 26th June 2018
● Time: 14:00 GMT/10:00 ET/19:30 IST
● Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
● Broadcast: Sony Ten 2
● Live Streaming : Sony Liv app
● Team News :
France have no major injuries or suspensions ahead of this game but does have plenty of options in naming the starting lineup and are expected to significantly change their side as France have already secured their place in the knockout phase of the tournament. Didier Deschamps has been tipped by the media to make at least six changes. These include Presnel Kimpembe in place of Umtiti who is unlikely to play due to a slight thigh problem. And, chances to impress for the likes of Thomas Lemar, Corentin Tolisso and Nabil Fekir.
Yussuf Poulsen, who scored the winner in the game against Peru, is suspended after being shown yellow cards for conceding a penalty in each game so far. Both judgments came through VAR. Midfielder William Kvist has returned to Russia after going home for treatment on broken ribs sustained while playing against Peru.
● Probable Lineups :
Kasper Schmeichel, Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen; Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Nicolai Jorgensen
Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Corentin Tolisso; Nabil Fekir, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar
● Recent Form :
○ France: W W D W W
○ Denmark: D D W W D
● Coach’s Quote :
○ Age Hareide (Denmark): “We must try to play more calculating football against France. We can’t allow them as much room as we did against Australia. We really wanted to win against Australia and therefore we allowed them more space to operate with than was our intention. Against Peru and Australia we haven’t been able to control the ball very well in the final third and that is something we need to correct. We need to be much more balanced against France.”
○ Didier Deschamps (France ) : “Of course it’s different to start this game with 6 points. I have options, so I look at the individual situation of each player, the yellow cards and I have to consider playing time.”
● Writer’s Take :
With relatively very little at stake for both France and Denmark, the proclivity not to lose could well overshadow the will to win and result in a low-spirited match. Denmark will keep a tight shape at the back as well as in the midfield which will be a hard one to break down and much could depend on how much France are prepared to risk. Despite the fact that this game could well see some goals but it may not most probably see a winner out of this contest.