For their second match in this World Cup, the French team faces off against Denmark, semi-finalists of the 2020 Euro. This represents both teams’ first opportunity for a test in this World Cup, and could even open the door to the knockout stages for one or the other.
✔ 1×2 Predictions: France – Denmark
As the titleholders of this World Cup, France will try to conserve their energy, but they will have to get through an exciting group stage. The Blues face off against a Danish team who have a lot of momentum after their excellent run in the Euro. We see France prevailing here, but by only a small margin because Denmark are difficult to handle.
✔ Exact Score Predictions: France vs Denmark
This exciting fixture of the 2022 World Cup pits two old acquaintances against one another, France and Denmark, who faced each other only four years ago. France are the favourites, but beware the quality of the Danish team who will give the Blues a fair few problems.
Victory For France
This is the most likely scenario. France have the means to bring home the victory, but they must apply themselves in order to beat a team that has been in good form for close to a year now. A score of 1-0 or 2-1 looks to be the most likely score in this encounter.
We can’t see there being a huge difference in the level of these two good European teams. A draw is entirely possible between the two protagonists of this group. A score of 0-0 or 1-1 is certainly possible. Nous n’imaginons pas un énorme écart de niveau entre deux bonnes équipes européennes. Un partage des points est totalement possible entre les deux protagonistes du groupe. 0-0 ou 1-1 peuvent être envisagés.
Victory for Denmark
Winning against France would be quite a performance from Denmark, who already managed it in 2002 when the Blues had won the previous cup. The scenario is the same this year in Qatar. The more superstitious amongst us are especially cautious of Kasper Hjulmand players, who could manage a 0-1 or 1-2 win.
✔ Half-time/Full-time prediction: Draw 1st half; France 2nd half
With the gap between the two teams being slim, they may shut each other down in the first half. But from experience, France could well take the lead in the second half thanks to the quality of its offensive players.
✔ Scorer Predictions: France vs Denmark
Antoine Griezmann is used to this kind of match. He could well play an important role in the final result. On the Danish side, we foresee the returning Christian Eriksen raining on the French parade. Having come back to a high level of football at Brentford, he will be an influential asset. Finally, Kylian Mbappé often shows up in big matches. He may be able to guide the team along the path towards another World Cup Victory.
✔ Double Chance Scoring predictions: Antoine Griezmann / Christian Eriksen
This matchup sees a number of stars crowding the pitch. We would say that the Atlético Madrid player Antoine Griezmann and the Brentford player Christian Eriksen are in a very good position to score in this match which could allow one of the two teams to qualify directly for the knockout phase.
📄 Match Analysis: France vs Denmark
France didn’t have to exert themselves to qualify for the World Cup. La France n’a pas forcé pour se qualifier pour la Coupe du Monde. The French team finished top of their group without losing a single match (5 wins and 3 draws in 8 matches), in front of Ukraine (Also unbeaten), Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.
Denmark is authoritative. With nine wins and one defeat in 10 matches, the 11th nation in FIFA’s rankings sailed through the group phase. The Danish finished in front of Scotland, Israel, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Moldova.
France and Denmark have already faced off multiple times in several World Cups. In 1998, at home, the Blues prevailed (2-1). In 2002, the Scandinavians won against the titleholders (2-0) and in 2018, the two teams shut each other down over the course of a match devoid of opportunities (0-0).
The French team is facing some problems. With two draws and two defeats in its group in the Nations League, the Blues didn’t make it past the group stage. They will not be able to defend their title, and are worrying just a few months away from the World Cup.
Since the end of the Euro, the Danish have won 7 of their 9 outings, losing only to the Netherlands in a friendly, and against Scotland on the last day of the qualification stage of the World Cup. A defeat which changed nothing, since Simon Kjaer’s teammates had already secured first place.