Denmark have one foot in the World Cup 2018 last sixteen despite being played off the pitch by Peru in their Group C opener. If the Danes can at least draw here, they will surely progress to the knockout phase. As for Australia, they need all three points after suffering a rather unfortunate loss to France in their first game. Here’s our Denmark vs Australia betting tips.
The Danes looked shell-shocked at times by Peru’s sustained attacking play, and when the South Americans missed a penalty you sensed it was just going to be one of those days where a bit of quality from Denmark would fortuitously seal the deal.
And so it proved when Christian Eriksen, so often his nation’s talisman, slipped a ball through to Yussuf Poulsen, who coolly obliged.
The onus is on the Aussies in Samara on Thursday afternoon to go and make things happen, and we’re not entirely convinced their natural game is to attack and grasp the nettle.
Will the Danes pick off another counter-attack based victory? Let’s take a look in our Denmark vs Australia betting tips.
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Denmark vs Australia Betting Tips
After overcoming an early siege on their goal against the French, Australia really grew into the game and were unlucky to come away empty-handed when Paul Pogba’s deflected shot rebounded in.
They didn’t fashion many chances other than Mile Jedinak’s penalty goal, however, and with the onus on them to go and win this game – rather than soak up pressure – we do wonder if that is a leap of faith too far for the Socceroos.
The Danes have set themselves up as a counter-attacking unit; it worked like a charm against Peru, and was the foundation for their qualification play-off win over Ireland, where they played on the back foot on Irish soil before hitting their opponents with a sucker punch or five.
Another thing to watch out for will be crosses into the box. Poulsen, at 6ft 3in, will be marked at the far post by all 5ft 6in of Aussie left back Aziz Behich.
The requirement on Australia to go and win this game doesn’t suit them; Denmark will surely pick them off on the break. We’re backing Denmark to win at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill.
Denmark vs Australia Betting Tips: Side Markets
The second (and third) round of group matches in World Cups tend to be rather more open affairs, given that places in the last 16 are on the line.
It’s last chance saloon already for Australia you feel, and they will have to open up at some point in their quest for a goal or two to see off Denmark.
The ease with which Peru sliced open the Danish backline cannot be ignored either, and so perhaps we have the perfect recipe for a goal-laden contest on Thursday.
Naturally, we were delighted to see a huge price of 23/20 (2.15) with NetBet on Both Teams to Score.