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Denmark v Australia: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted line-ups, key players, and more

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We’re a week into World Cup 2018 and already we could see a nation from Group C qualify for the knockout stage as Denmark play Australia.

The Danes recorded a 1-0 win over Peru in their first match but know the Socceroos will be tough opponents given how well they shutdown France, despite losing 2-1.

Denmark players celebrate Yusuf Poulsen’s winning goal against Peru.

Team news

The Danes will have to do without William Kvist after he was stretchered off against Peru but Jonas Knudsen will play, despite returning to his homeland for the birth of his daughter.

William Kvist was injured in the win over Peru.

Australia have no huge concerns over the fitness of their players but may make some alterations for their team as they search for a win.

What the players are saying

Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark): “It goes without saying Christian Eriksen is a world-class player, we’re very lucky he’s Danish and we’re very happy about that.

“He’s important to the team, we’ve seen that through qualifying, particularly in the play-offs when scoring a hat-trick, but off the pitch he’s a great lad, very down to earth and you wouldn’t think he’s the world-class player he is. He’s of huge importance to this team.” 

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Australia defender Aziz Behich in action during their defeat to France.

Aziz Behich (Australia): “We’re confident going into tomorrow. I think we’ve come a long way from when [head coach] Bert first took over. We’ve showed it in the last game and we want to improve on that. The boys are really confident and upbeat about tomorrow.”

Predicted XIs

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen; Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jorgensen, Yussuf Yurary Poulsen.

Australia: Mathew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon; Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse; Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie

Where can I stream Denmark v Australia?

The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 1pm.

You can listen live by clicking this link – Denmark v Australia.

Denmark midfielder could play a major role against Australia.

Key player

Denmark: Midfield opponent Aaron Mooy has picked out the Spurs man ahead of the match, which isn’t too surprising.

He told reporters: We have to keep a close eye on him, and try and stop the supply to him. We have to do it altogether as a team.”

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Australia: Josh Risdon’s bursts down the right flank caught the attention late on against France, he could be vital if the Socceroos are to get a positive result.


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