WorldCupAcca To Be Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: K. Schmeichel, F. Ronnow, J. Lossl, J. Hansen
Defence: S. Kjaer, A. Bjelland, H. Dalsgaard, R. Durmisi, P. Ankersen, N. Boilesen, J. Vestergaard, A. Christensen, M. Jorgensen, J. Stryger Larsen, J. Knudsen
Midfield: W. Kvist, R. Skov, C. Eriksen, M. Krohn-Dehli, L. Schone, T. Delaney, PE. Hojberg, D. Wass, P. Sisto, M. Jensen, L. Lerager, M. Jensen.
Forward: N. Bendtner, N. Jorgensen, Y. Poulsen, A. Cornelius, M. Braithwaite, V. Fischer, K. Dolberg, K. Zohore
The Danes don’t have a lot of history in the competition, they didn’t qualify until 1986 where they went out in the round of 16 and then failed to qualify for the next 2 tournaments.
When they returned at France ‘98 they achieved their best finish to date as they reached the quarter finals, losing to eventual finalists, Brazil.
They had a decent showing in qualification, finishing runners up in Group E to Poland as Christian Eriksen scored 8 in 10. This got them into a play-off spot where they face the Republic of Ireland, after a 0-0 draw at home they went on to win 1-5 in Dublin with Eriksen scoring a hattrick, taking his tally to 11 goals – only Robert Lewandowski & Cristiano Ronaldo bettering this.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Peter’s boy will be starting in goal for the Danes, Kasper has shown himself to be a very talented goalkeeper during his time with Leicester City and the national team. Frederik Ronnow of Brondy & Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield will most likely make the final 23 man squad, with Jesper Hansen who at 33 years of age and still uncapped will surely be missing out.
Simon Kjaer captains the team and will be starting in central defence, Andreas Bjelland (stop sniggering, grow up), will most probably be the other starter at the back having played the majority of the qualifiers. Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen looks a very good player and whilst generally a centre back he may find himself having to play at right back as he did in the 2nd match vs Ireland.
The manager doesn’t appear to have confidence in his fullback options in general which is why I believe that Christensen may have to be shoehorned into the team, though if he was to play Christensen centrally, Peter Ankersen seems the most likely candidate to start on the right..
Jens Stryger Larsen played at left back in that match as Riza Durmisi was missing through injury, Jonas Knudsen also played in their recent friendly with Chile. If Durmisi is fit he will likely be restored to the starting XI here.
I’d expect the rest of the team to line up exactly the same as they did in the match with Ireland, Thomas Delaney & vice-captain William Kvist will start as holding-midfielders, with Yussuf Poulsen and Pione Sisto on the wings and their superstar Christian Eriksen at number 10 behind the 6ft 3 Jorgensen.
Outside of this starting XI they have some other talented players in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lass Schone, Viktor Fischer, Andreas Cornelius & Kasper Dolberg.
If Eriksen is firing, he can be enough to help his country qualify.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
France should be winning the group but their recent form has been a bit patchy. They only managed to score 18 goals in qualifying, 8 less than 2nd placed Sweden. Recent results have been decent but nothing really spectacular. Close wins against England and Wales and a draw with Germany was followed with a defeat to Colombia and then another win against Russia.
Peru have qualified for the first time since 1982, and their captain and all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero has had his 14-month ban suspended, leaving him free to play this summer.
Guerrero may not be 100% after injury and his initial ban, even if he doesn’t start, he may not actually missed all that much.
He missed the end of their qualifying campaign, Peru managed to finish just ahead of Chile and then beat New Zealand in the play-offs, in their last few friendlies they have beaten Croatia 2-0, Iceland 3-1 and Scotland 2-0.
Australia made a bit of a meal in qualifying finishing 3rd in their group. Japan won it by a point and Saudi Arabia finished ahead of the Aussies on goal difference, this was followed up by just getting past Syria with a 3-2 aggregate victory before finally beating Honduras 3-1.
The Aussies have played in 13 matches at the World Cup previously, winning just twice; against Japan in 2006 and Serbia in 2010 but they have lost 8 of their other fixtures and on average concede 2 goals per game.
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World Cup Group C Fixtures / Results
|Kazan Arena, Kazan – June 16, 2018 1:00 pm|
|Mordovia Arena, Saransk – June 16, 2018 7:00 pm|
|Cosmos Arena, Samara – June 21, 2018 4:00 pm|
|Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg – June 21, 2018 8:00 pm|
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
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