Denmark (+0.5) vs. France Spread
Total goals under 2.5 Total
By Lawrence Smelser
France vs. Denmark predictions, preview and betting tips
Group D leaders France will take on Denmark Saturday at Stadium 974. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. ET.
The French opened up their World Cup journey with a 4-1 win over Australia on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud, replacing the injured Karim Benzema, scored a brace. Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe also found themselves on the scoresheet.
Les Bleus dominated the Socceroos in all facets of the game including in shots (23-4) and possession (63%-37%). They also completed 723 passes compared to Australia’s 440.
Denmark is coming off a disappointing nil-nil draw with Tunisia. The Danes out-possessed the Eagles of Carthage (62%-38%) but were unable to find the back of the net. They’ll face a France team that is trying to win the World Cup on back-to-back occasions for the first time since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
Lucas Hernandez will miss the rest of the tournament for Didier Deschamps’ team after tearing his ACL against Australia. The Danes will be without midfielder Thomas Delaney for the remainder of the tournament (hamstring).
Players to watch in the France vs. Denmark matchup
Antoine Griezmann: The Euro 2016 top scorer will have to display good performances if France is to repeat as champions. The loss of Benzema will lower France’s odds of scoring and the team will lean on the 31-year-old for support. The Atletico Madrid attacker has recorded 42 goals in 111 games for his country.
Christian Eriksen: The 30-year-old captain has returned to his starting central role for the Danish after suffering a heart attack at Euro 2020. The Middelfart native is the fourth-most capped (118) and fifth-highest scorer (39) in national team history.
Best France vs. Denmark predictions and odds
ESTNN’s soccer analysts will provide two France vs. Denmark betting tips in the following section.
France vs. Denmark prediction: Denmark +0.5 @ +105 (DraftKings)
The public is selecting France to come out on top in this matchup. Since Thursday, 44% of bets have been placed on Les Bleus, with 25% on Denmark and 30.5% for the two to draw. The French are -130 moneyline favorites against the Danes (+380).
The defending world champions are filled with the planet’s best stars. Mbappe leads the bunch and has scored 118 goals in 128 games for his club, PSG, since he signed in 2018. Griezmann, Giroud, Coman, Varane and Tchouameni are some of the other big names on the roster.
Despite being clearly better on paper, France has been outclassed by Denmark in its last two meetings. Two months ago, the Danes won 2-0 with goals from Skov Olsen and Kasper Dolberg. Prior to that in June, Denmark won 2-1. Both teams fielded strong lineups in the two contests.
In their previous seven competitive matches, Les Bleus are 2-3-2. The Danes are 4-2-1 in their last seven games.
Denmark will come out desperate for a result. It would be a poor scenario for manager Kasper Hjulmand if he enters Matchday three with just a point. At ESTNN, we believe the contest will be tight and recommend taking the +0.5 Danish spread on DraftKings.
France vs. Denmark odds: Under 2.5 goals @ -130 (Caesars)
Both teams feature extremely impressive defenders and goalkeepers (Lloris and Schmeichel). The French features Konate, (Liverpool) Pavard and Upamecano (Bayern). Danish defenders Kjaer (A.C. Milan) and Christensen (Barcelona) are extremely skilled as well.
The Danes have kept a clean sheet in three of their previous five games. During the six UEFA Nations League contests from June-September, France failed to score twice and scored only one goal in three of the matches. Five of the six matches went under the 2.5 goal total.
Denmark found difficulty finding space and taking open shots against Tunisia. It’ll be even more challenging against France. Our pick is to bet the under 2.5 goals prop on Caesars at -130 odds. If you’re interested in reading about more betting lines in Qatar, visit our World Cup predictions page.
Group D preview and other World Cup matches
The battle between the No. 4 (France) and No .10 (Denmark) teams in the FIFA rankings will be a massive decider in who tops Group D. Tunisia and Australia will also meet and attempt to find a first win of the tournament. The third and last Matchday will feature the Aussies and Danes along with The Eagles vs. Les Bleus.