Denmark must defeat Tunisia in their 2022 World Cup opener on Tuesday in order for them to have any chance of upsetting France and winning Group D.
The Danes, led by superstar Christian Eriksen, defeated France twice this past summer in Nations League play, but they now need to show that they belong at the World Cup as well.
However, Tunisia poses a difficult challenge given its recent impressive results. In their last nine games, the Eagles of Carthage have only suffered one defeat, a humiliating friendly loss to tournament favourites Brazil.
However, victories in that time against Mali, Chile, Iran, and Japan show they must be taken seriously.
Denmark will get their chance for a three-peat against France on the weekend, but first this match must be dealt with, or else they’ll have gotten ahead of themselves.
What about team news?!
There are no potential injuries for Denmark, as Andreas Christensen played with Barcelona before the World Cup after recovering from an ankle injury.
Despite missing Wolfsburg’s final game before the World Cup break, Jonas Wind is on the roster and is healthy enough to play.
Ellyes Skhiri, a midfielder for Tunisia, returned to club play in a mask just one week after breaking his cheekbone in late October.
He could avoid re-injury by doing so during this tournament as well. Omar Rekik, a defender, is not participating in the competition due to a muscle injury he sustained in late October.
As far as the game goes…
Although it won’t be simple, Denmark should win this game and secure all three points.
They’ll need to breach a defense that, aside from the 5-1 defeat to Brazil in late September, hasn’t conceded a single goal in eight straight matches.
With Christian Eriksen in charge and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg able to make plays from midfield, they should have just enough firepower to do so. With veteran Wahbi Khazri, 31, struggling for form at Montpellier, Tunisia lacks the firepower to respond.
But Does the market agree with me?
1X2 Betting Odds
Absolutely it does!
The odds are heavily favouring a win for Denmark.
the odds that they come away from this with a victory stand at 1.51, while the odds that points will be shared stands at 4.2.
The market believes Tunisia stands no chance!
Their odds of winning this one is at 8.2!
Total goals over/under
The odds that this game will have less than 2.5 goals stands at 1.72.
While, the odds that more than 2.5 goals will be scored stands at 2.26.
So, the market believes that this game could have fewer goals, but Denmark to win!