Defending Champions Start off in Style
France had a scare in the first half vs. Australia on Tuesday but came away with a dominant 4-1 win. Now, Les Bleus will turn their attention towards Denmark, who drew 0-0 vs. Tunisia in their first World Cup match. This is an intriguing match, especially in light of the fact that Denmark have already beaten France twice this year. We’ll see if France’s shorthanded squad can reverse the trend as we take a look at the France vs Denmark betting odds.
France vs Denmark
Date, time (TV):
Location: Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar
Streaming: FS1, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Stats and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|France||4||5-3-0, 1st UEFA Group D||-10000||-600||+700|
|Denmark||10||9-0-1, 1st UEFA Group F||-280||+400||+4000|
|Last Five Meetings:||Teams|
|Sep. 2022:||Denmark 2-0 France|
|Jun. 2022:||France 1-2 Denmark|
|Jun. 2018:||Denmark 0-0 France|
|Oct. 2015:||Denmark 1-2 France|
|Mar. 2015:||France 2-0 Denmark|
This will be France and Denmark’s third meeting of the year. Denmark won both fixtures in the UEFA Nations League, including a 2-0 shutout in September. Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen came through with first half goals. Denmark and France also faced off in the 2018 World Cup group stage closer. With both teams already through to the knockout stage, they drew 0-0. So, for a second straight tournament punters can take the France vs. Denmark World Cup 2022 betting odds. Both teams have a 1-1-1 record in this fixture in World Cups all-time.
France: Shrug off Slow Start
Previous Match: W, 4-1 vs. Australia
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. Tunisia
Many weren’t sure what to make of France heading into the World Cup. There was plenty of off field controversy and a bunch of untimely injuries. Star players Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema are all out for the duration of the World Cup. Then, Les Bleus conceded within 10 minutes of their match vs. Australia. The goal lit a fire under France as they mounted an impressive comeback and won 4-1.
Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, and Adrien Rabiot in particular were excellent. Mbappe torched the Australian right back and was toying with him on the wing as he scored and added an assists. With two goals, Giroud equalled Thierry Henry’s all-time record of 51 France goals. Giroud, who didn’t score in France’s 2018 World Cup win, may very well break the record during the tournament.
While the win was a big positive, defender Lucas Hernandez suffered a serious injury. He tore his ACL and he’ll miss the entirety of the World Cup and most likely the remainder of the club season. His brother Theo filled in for him on Tuesday and should do the same for the duration of the tournament. With how Les Bleus performed after conceding, it’s little surprise that France vs Denmark betting odds favor France.
Denmark: Fail to Excite
Standings: 0-1-0, T-2nd
Previous Match: D, 0-0 vs. Tunisia
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. Australia
There is a lot of hype surrounding Denmark, especially after last year’s European Championship performance. The Euro semifinalists disappointed in their first World Cup match vs. Tunisia as they drew 0-0. Substitute Denmark striker Andreas Cornelius hit the post in the second half but Denmark couldn’t find a breakthrough. They also had a penalty shout late in the second half but VAR found a foul on Denmark in the buildup.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand acknowledged that it was a sluggish performance for the Danes. Still, Christian Eriksen was a bright spot in midfield and his creativity could be key going forward. Denmark will come up against an inexperienced French defense on Saturday and there should certainly be some opportunities to score.
Regardless, the France vs Denmark betting odds do show that Denmark are underdogs. That’s a position the Danes are, perhaps, more comfortable in. They may have to do without midfielder Thomas Delaney vs. France, who came off in the first half holding the back of his leg. If Delaney can’t suit up, expect Mathias Jensen or Christian Norgaard to fill in.
Match Analysis and Odds:
Despite France’s struggles vs. Denmark this year, they’re favorites to win the match. Karim Benzema scored France’s only goal in two meetings vs. Denmark this year but he’s out for the tournament. Les Bleus priced at -120 odds to cover their -½ goal-line, which is the same as their moneyline odds. The Danes, who were a great ATS bet at Euro 2020, show even odds to cover.
bet comes in at -110 odds, while “No” shows a -130 price
Denmark doesn’t have a 90-minute loss in any of their last five World Cup matches but four of them have ended in draws. Another draw comes in at +250 odds, while Denmark’s moneyline, at +365 odds, may look like an appealing bet given recent history. One of the most popular World Cup Prop Bets is “Both Teams to Score” in the match. A “Yes” bet comes in at -110 odds, while “No” shows a -130 price.
The over/under game total is listed at 2½ and the under is implied to be more likely, at -135 odds. If defending champions France play the free flowing game they did vs. Australia, the over might not be an awful bet. Over ½ shows +115 odds in a crucial Group D match on Saturday. If France win the match, they’ll become the first defending champions, since Brazil in 2006, to advance to the knockout stage.