After victory in their opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Denmark will be seeking to make it two wins from two on Thursday, although they will face a stiff challenge in Australia.
Yussuf Poulsen’s goal for the Danes in a 1-0 win over Peru was enough to give them victory on Saturday, although you sense they will need to improve in their last two matches if they are to make it out of Group C.
Australian, meanwhile, would have been disappointed not to have taken anything from their showdown against France. After Mile Jedinak levelled the game for the Socceroos, they eventually went down to a narrow 2-1 loss.
It feels like a must-win encounter for both sides if they are to maintain their hopes of progression into the knockout stages.
Here’s how they are set to line up, the crucial viewing details and a preview of the game at the Samara Arena in Russia.
Denmark Likely XI: Kasper Schmeichel; Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney; Yussuf Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto; Nicolai Jorgensen
Australia Likely XI: Mat Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich; Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic; Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. ET
TV Info: ITV (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Fox Sports Go (U.S.)
Denmark scored a single goal to beat Peru in their first game of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday. It was a tight game between two closely ranked teams; 11th for Peru, and 12th for Denmark. Keeper Kasper Schmeichel had some wonderful saves for Denmark, including some strikes from up close. Australia lost to heavyweights France in a game that included a video review for a penalty-kick, and an own goal. World Cup 2018 is the first to introduce video assistant referees, used when there’s a match-changing play, such as a goal, penalty, or red cards. In the Australia vs. France game, there was a penalty that wasn’t called on the field, but upon video review it was determined to be a penalty and a penalty kick was awarded; France scored. If Australia can avoid penalties and own-goals, they may stand a chance against the higher-ranked Denmark.
The game at Samara Arena, Samara starts at 4 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. ET. You can watch it live on FS1 in English, or in Spanish on Telemundo and NBC Universo through your cable company. If you don’t have cable, you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV or fuboTV. With such an early start on the west coast, it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of fuboTV’s 30 hours of cloud DVR so you can record the game and watch it later.
Denmark and France are tied with the lead in Group C, and it’s expected they’ll progress to the knockout stage beginning June 30th.