France have little to play for going into their final Group C fixture against Denmark at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, though a win would decide first place.
Les Bleus are already top of the group having won their first two matches – slim victories against Australia and Peru – while Denmark need at least a draw in order to make sure that the Socceroos do not catch up to them should they win their last group game against Peru.
Kylian Mbappe became the youngest ever French player to score in a World Cup tournament when he netted the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win against Peru, and the youngster will be looking to continue his impressive form through to the last 16 stages.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Group C match between the two sides.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV 1 or streamed live online using the ITV Player.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|ITV 1||ITV Player|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ronnow, Lossl, Schmeichel|
|Defenders||Christensen, Dalsgaard, Vestergaard, Stryger Larsen, Knudsen, Jorgensen, Kjaer|
|Midfielders||Eriksen, Schone, Lerager, Krohn-Dehli, Delaney, Kvist|
|Forwards||Cornelius, Dolberg, Braithwaite, Jorgensen, Sisto, Fischer, Poulsen|
Denmark midfielder William Kvist will be unavailable for selection for the remaining matches with a broken rib, while forward Yussuf Poulsen is suspended for the fixture against France due to a second yellow card he earned in the previous fixture.
Potential Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen; Schone, Delaney; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen.
|Goalkeepers||Areola, Lloris, Mandanda|
|Defenders||Hernandez, Kimpembe, Pavard, Mendy, Sidibe, Rami, Umtiti, Varane|
|Midfielders||Matuidi, Kante, N’Zonzi, Pogba, Tolisso|
|Forwards||Giroud, Griezmann, Mbappe, Lemar, Fekir, Thauvin, Dembele|
France manager Didier Deschamps has no new injury concerns though could rotate his squad after unconvincing opening performances, as well as having the chance to rest key players ahead of the knockout stages.
Steve Mandanda is set to start ahead of Hugo Lloris in the biggest surprise of the lead-up to the match, which will hand the goalkeeper his first appearance at a World Cup. Djibril Sidibe would replace Pavard and Presnel Kimpembe would fill in for Samuel Umtiti after the latter has been nursing a knee injury.
Potential France XI: Mandanda; Sidibe, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Nzonzi; Dembele, Griezmann, Lemar; Giroud.
Betting & Match Odds
France are 6/5 bets to win according to dabblebet , while a draw is available at 17/10. Denmark are priced 7/2 to win.
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France have the potential to go far in Russia as they possess one of the most talented and gifted squads in the tournament, though have been unable to truly reach their expected heights following 1-0 and 2-1 wins against Peru and Australia.
Antoine Griezmann has yet to step up as the leader of his forward line that consists of an endless supply of striking talent including Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Olivier Giroud.
Les Bleus were only able to seal a 1-0 victory over Peru through Mbappe’s strike that also saw him set a new record for being the youngest French player to have scored at a World Cup, and were unconvincing for the majority of the game.
The final group game fixture against Denmark – a strong squad – is a chance for Deschamps to score goals and prove that they are a team who have the strengths to make it to the last 16 stage.
But he may be tempted to re-jig his side in order to rest key stars and give other squad players an opportunity.
Though there is relatively no pressure for France to do well against Denmark, they face opponents who will not sit back as they must at least draw if they want to secure their knockout phase spot should Australia win their game against Peru.
Should Denmark win against France, they will clinch the top spot. First place in Group C is a welcome spot as they will be able to avoid Group D winners Croatia, who impressed the world by winning 3-0 against Argentina in their last fixture.
The winners of Group C will face the runners-up of Group D, which is currently occupied by Nigeria but could be clinched by either Argentina or Iceland.
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