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

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2018

TOPSHOT - France's forward Kylian Mbappe (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammate forward Antoine Griezmann during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The pressure is on Denmark in Group C on Tuesday, as they need a result against an already-qualified France to ensure progress into the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup.

In their previous outing, the Danes were below their best but still managed to dig out a 1-1 draw with Australia.

The Socceroos take on Peru in their final group match, knowing they need to win and hope France can topple Denmark to get into the round of 16.

As for the French, manager Didier Deschamps will likely view this game as a chance to rest some key players. Narrow wins over Australia and Peru mean they are already into the knockout round.

It will be a huge day for Denmark, as they seek to go beyond the round-robin stage for the first time since the 2002 finals.

      

Team News

Following his injury in the opening game, William Kvist is set to remain sidelined. Elsewhere, it's tough to see Denmark manager Age Hareide making too many changes to a core that has achieved four points so far, although Yussuf Poulsen will miss out through suspension.

The same cannot be said for France, who will likely give some fringe players an opportunity. Nabil Fekir has come off the bench in both games and is primed to start, while Deschamps may have a look at some different options at full-back.

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

Likely France XI: Hugo Lloris; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti; Benjamin Mendy; Steven N'Zonzi, Corentin Tolisso; Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir, Antoine Griezmann; Olivier Giroud

       

Date: Tuesday, June 26

Time: 3 p.m. (BST), 10 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: ITV (UK), Fox Sports 1 or Fox (U.S.)

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

    

Denmark Need to Dig In

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JUNE 21:  Christian Eriksen of Denmark celebrates after scoring his team's first goal  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and Australia at Samara Arena on June 21, 2018 in Samara, Russia.  (Photo by Robert
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As noted by statistician Paul Carr, the Danes are in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stages:

Paul Carr @PaulCarrTM

🇩🇰 Denmark advances with a win/draw vs France OR an Australia loss/draw vs Peru on Tuesday 🇦🇺 Australia advances with a win AND a Denmark loss AND the Aussies must win the tiebreaker

While they will be hopeful of a vibrant Peru side doing them a favour against Australia, it would be a huge boost if Denmark could get the result needed themselves—not only for peace of mind but also for confidence ahead of the last 16.

The man they will be looking to against France is Christian Eriksen, as the Tottenham Hotspur man has already had a huge influence on this competition. He netted in the draw with Australia to continue his excellent run of productivity:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

1⃣3⃣ goals 5⃣ assists Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 15 games for #DEN That goal is up there with his best. #WorldCup https://t.co/hQZN9UXROc

France have a number of game-changers of their own, although we've not seen them at full flight yet despite their two victories.

Against Peru, Les Bleus were pinned back for long spells after Kylian Mbappe grabbed an opener. While they appeared robust defensively, supporters will be expecting a little more given the attacking talent at their disposal.

As noted by football journalist Tom Williams, it does feel as though Deschamps is being too cagey at times:

Tom Williams @tomwfootball

Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.

While France don't need any points here, writer Jeremy Smith outlined why it's important they don't lose the contest:

Jeremy Smith @jeremysmith98

Right. France need to make sure they don't lose to Denmark now. Don't fancy playing Croatia.

Some fresh faces and the lack of pressure may liberate France. Nabil Fekir, in particular, has been bright when introduced into games, while others in the XI will be desperate to make an impact with the knockout stages in mind.

Denmark will need to improve on their first two displays to match Les Bleus, as they've been up and down in both of their Group C encounters.

In Eriksen, though, they have a player who has shown himself capable of conjuring big moments, and his influence will be enough to earn the Danes a vital point.

      

Prediction: Denmark 1-1 France