Denmark v France preview

Denmark v France

Denmark need a win to top Group C ahead of France, who have won two out of two despite having not yet come close to hitting top form.

The Danes also require a draw to make absolutely certain of a place in the last-16, while Les Bleus will no doubt be keen to ensure they finish top of the group to avoid meeting a flying Croatia side in the first knockout round.

France to win by one goal – 3.30

France have edged out Australia and Peru by a one-goal margin in their first two games in Russia and appear to have the knack of doing just enough to get the job done.

In defence, they looked far more secure against the South Americans than they did against the Socceroos, so France to win to nil at 2.85 also looks a decent option.

France to win outright at 2.20 looks to be a little too skinny to bother with, despite Denmark struggling to show much potency in front of goal in their opening two matches.

Recent results between the two sides also point to a French victory, with Les Bleus having won 2-0 and 2-1 in two friendlies played in 2015.

Olivier Giroud to score at any time – 3.20

With Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe leading the line and Paul Pogba pulling the strings in midfield, you would expect Les Bleus to be a potent attacking force. However, they have struggled to find a pattern of play which truly suits them and the more physical presence of Olivier Giroud may be just what they need.

He started against Peru and will surely get the nod against the Danes, having scored three of the four goals France recorded in their two wins over the Scandinavians three years ago.

At 6.50 to score the first goal of the game, Giroud is also worth looking at – especially as his two goals in the 2-0 win against Denmark in October of 2015 both came inside the first six minutes of the game.

The misfiring Griezmann at 3.00 to score at any time could tempt you in, while much of the goal creation and goalscoring responsibility for Denmark falls on the shoulders of Christian Eriksen.

At 4.75 to score at any time, Danish talisman Eriksen could be worth following and he is in form, having netted a superb half-volley in the 1-1 draw with Australia.