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Denmark vs. Australia: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2018

TOPSHOT - Denmark's forward Yussuf Poulsen reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Peru and Denmark at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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After victory in their opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Denmark will be seeking to make it two wins from two on Thursday, although they will face a stiff challenge in Australia.

Yussuf Poulsen's goal for the Danes in a 1-0 win over Peru was enough to give them victory on Saturday, although you sense they will need to improve in their last two matches if they are to make it out of Group C.

Australian, meanwhile, would have been disappointed not to have taken anything from their showdown against France. After Mile Jedinak levelled the game for the Socceroos, they eventually went down to a narrow 2-1 loss.

It feels like a must-win encounter for both sides if they are to maintain their hopes of progression into the knockout stages.

Here's how they are set to line up, the crucial viewing details and a preview of the game at the Samara Arena in Russia.

       

Team News

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

Australia Likely XI: Mat Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich; Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic; Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie

            

Date: Thursday, June 21

Time: 1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. ET

TV Info: ITV (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Fox Sports Go (U.S.)

            

Match Preview

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Mile Jedinak of Australia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal, from a penalty, with team mates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between France and Australia at Kazan Arena on June 16, 2018 in Kazan, R
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In the first game of a World Cup, the standard of performance matters little in the main; it's all about results.

It's why Denmark supporters won't be getting too panicked about their display against Peru. For much of the contest they were outplayed, as the South Americans moved the ball with intent and conjured up the better opportunities.

In Kasper Schmeichel, though, the Danes have a goalkeeper who has come into the World Cup in inspired form. As we can see here, it's been a long time since the Leicester City man let anything in for the national team:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Most consecutive minutes without conceding for the Denmark national team: Peter Schmeichel: 470 minutes (1995) Kasper Schmeichel: 471 minutes and counting (2017-present) Like father, like son. 👨‍👦 https://t.co/lrpG30hDmB

Denmark also have Christian Eriksen, a player who can alter the course of the game with one moment of magic.

Like the rest of the team, the Tottenham Hotspur star wasn't quite at his best over the course of the 90 minutes against Peru. However, his pass to release Poulsen for the only goal was a piece of class and something a lot of teams in the tournament don't have.

This graphic sums up just how influential he is on this Denmark team:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

Christian Eriksen's last 14 #DEN appearances... ⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ 🅰️🅰️🅰️🅰️🅰️ He's not had the best game, but he keeps delivering! #WorldCup #bbcworldcup #PERDEN https://t.co/eoNZLiwDI0

Per Bleacher Report UK, the Spurs midfielder is the man who pulls the strings behind the rest of the team:

B/R Football @brfootball

Christian Eriksen: Puppet master. https://t.co/0QQWe05q6O

Australia may not boast a player with that kind of individual ability, but they showed in their opener against France they can be a tough nut to crack.

Not only did they shut down their illustrious opponents for long spells, they also created some decent chances. In the end, they would have felt a little unfortunate not to get a point from the game, as Aziz Behich's own goal proved the difference between the two teams.

Australia were unfortunate to lose against France on Saturday.
Australia were unfortunate to lose against France on Saturday.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

This graphic from Stats Zone would suggest the Socceroos need to find a little more variety going forward:

Stats Zone @StatsZone

FT France 2-1 Australia Australia stayed in the game all the way to the end, but only really threatened from crosses. Deschamps’ changes made the difference in the end - Griezmann’s penalty & Pogba’s goal were their only shots on target second half. https://t.co/srHNzUU41q https://t.co/MDf9drHrRM

You sense their first task on Thursday will be keeping a lid on the influence of Eriksen, though, as he has proved to be a match-winner in so many of Denmark's recent encounters. He may be the focus for opposition sides but stopping him is easier said than done.

The Danes will have a lot of the ball here and should have the quality to eventually find away through their opponents. Australia appear to be set for another gallant defeat that will likely end their chances of progression in the knockout stages.

           

Prediction: Denmark 2-1 Australia

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