Denmark and France entered Group C as the favourites to progress, and although both sides are in the box seat to do so, a French win here opens the possibility of Australia jumping ahead of the Danes. France of course have already qualified, so it will be interesting to see what team they field and how serious they treat this fixture.
Regardless of the starting lineup, France will be quietly confident of taking all three points from this match considering their overall record against the Danes is quite good, and it’s no surprise to see the 1998 champions as the favourites to win this one. Mind you, Denmark did defeat the French in the last World Cup fixture between the two nations, so it may be worth backing them at huge outsider odds to get the result.
The French appear at +112, which is excellent value for a team that boast perhaps the best squad in the tournament. These odds reflect the fact that France don’t necessarily need to win, so you must be wary of this.
The draw is certainly a viable result and will fetch you a nice outlay at +177, while Denmark can be obtained for outsider odds – they start at +341. The draw will get both teams home, although we would hate to see the teams play out a boring draw to secure their places in the second round.
Denmark have plenty of reason to go for a win though – Group D favourites Argentina are in serious trouble, meaning that the winner of Group C could play Nigeria or Iceland. This would present an easy opportunity to progress to the quarter-finals.
We think that France will win this match regardless, and the +112 presents great value. 2-1 is our pick for the final score.
Half-time/Full-time – France – France @ +298
Correct Score – France 2-1 @ +937
Anytime Goalscorer – Olivier Giroud @ +177