Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: France Vs Denmark
France can clinch a place in the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup when they face Denmark at Stadium 974 on Saturday evening. Les Bleus thrashed Australia 4-1 this week to begin their title defense in style, while Kasper Hjulmand's men were held scoreless by Tunisia.
France Team Updates
Two former Arsenal strikers currently sit atop the all-time goal scoring lists for France's men's squad, but Thierry Henry may not be able to keep his perch for long after Olivier Giroud's record-equaling brace against Australia on Tuesday.
Taking advantage of Karim Benzema's injury, Giroud only needs to make the net ripple one more to surpass Henry and score a record-breaking 52nd goal for his country - one that might very well guarantee France's position in the last 16.
Denmark Team Updates
While Christian Eriksen was able to show some of the midfield flair that has made him a darling with Manchester United fans in his first big tournament appearance for Denmark since his cardiac crisis at Euro 2020, the Red and Whites' opener against Tunisia was otherwise a dull affair.
The two teams played one of several 0-0 draws in round one, although Tunisia would have felt the most aggrieved not to have taken all three points, even if they had to survive a late VAR examination for a probable penalty on Yassine Meriah's handball.
Before the World Cup began, many had written off France, but after an impressive opening-day victory, they now have the momentum, and despite their numerous injury issues, their roster is still quite strong.
However, a largely toothless attacking performance against Tunisia has not prepared them well for a matchup with the holders, who we believe will advance to the last 16 in a comfortable fashion. Denmark's recent good results against France both inside and outside of the World Cup should inspire some optimism within the Red and Whites' ranks.
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