Denmark vs Australia
Venue: Samara Arena
Kick off: 1pm
Denmark will be eyeing a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on Australia in their second Group C game this afternoon.
The Danes beat Peru 1-0 on Saturday in a cagey opening game, but will know that another three points at the Samara Arena will ensure their place in the top two and a spot in the knockout stages.
They will once again rely on talisman Christian Eriksen – who assisted Yussuf Poulsen’s winner on Saturday – and manager Age Hareide is backing him to shine.
“Christian is a player who can change matches, and we try to get him involved as much as we can,” he said. “The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that isn’t he from the Premier League.
“We have seen in the Premier League that he can succeed nevertheless. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup.”
Although Australia lost 2-1 to France in their opening fixture, it took a late strike from Paul Pogba to defeat the Socceroos, who will be looking to register their first World Cup points.
And while France may have plenty of creative talent, Denmark will be a more cohesive team, Australia manager Bert Van Marwijk has said.
“They are a strong team, they are number 12 in the world rankings and that says enough,” Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday.
“They are a physically strong team, very tall players, that’s their weapon and we played against France and they have more quality and creativity in their players, but I think the Danish are maybe more of a team.”