Denmark start this World Cup with a match against Tunisia. Last year, Denmark was still the country of the European Championship. After the dramatic event with Christian Eriksen, which only just ended well in the end, the team focused and eventually managed to reach the semi-finals. At World Cup too, Denmark seems to have all the ingredients to go far. In this article, you will read the latest team news, get the bookies’ favourites and we give a prediction with corresponding quotesa.
Denmark World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News & Statistics
World Cup qualification could hardly have gone better for Denmark. The team had already drawn a fairly easy group, with Scotland, Austria and Israel the toughest opponents, and after nine wins in the first nine matches, the team was already seeded early. Denmark could not complete the perfect qualification series, as they lost the last game against Scotland, but by then nothing else was at stake for the Danes. In the subsequent Nations League, Denmark managed to win twice against France, among others, and eventually missed out on a group win and a place in the final pool by one point.
With Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark has a coach who has things well in order at Denmark. That was evident during the previous European Championship. The tournament seemed to end in tragedy for Denmark after only half an hour, when Eriksen went to ground with heart problems and had to be resuscitated on the pitch for minutes. The initial shock that caused them to lose that match against Finland was turned into a fantastic team spirit and that brought them to the semi-finals where England were eventually too strong after an extension. That team spirit was evident in the World Cup qualification and the Nations League.
Eriksen is back after six months of rehabilitation. After half a season at Brentford and then Manchester United, the Danish number ten looks better than ever, making the Danish squad perhaps even stronger than last year. In addition, Denmark also has no injury worries heading into this World Cup.
Tunisia World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News & Statistics
For Tunisia, this will be their sixth time at the World Cup, but the North African country has not yet survived the group stage once. 15 matches at World Cups yielded only two wins and this time too, the team looks set for a tough task in a group that also includes France and Australia.
That Tunisia made it to the World Cup is partly due to its good draw in African qualifying. With Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, the team had a relatively easy group stage and also in the final phase it did not face a superpower with Mali. In Bamako, Tunisia managed to win 0-1 through an own goal by a Malian defender and in the return, the team did not give away a chance and so the 0-0 was enough for placement.
Tunisia has only a few players who play in Europe and the rest of the intended base plays in their own country or other Arab countries nearby and the selection does not seem good enough qualitatively to make it to the next round at a World Cup for the first time. For Al-Arabi’s Youssef Msakni, this will be his first World Cup, in the country where he has played almost all his life. The experienced captain had to miss out on the previous World Cup in 2018 due to injury. Coach Jalel Kadiri has the availability of his regular squad in Qatar alongside Msakni.
Denmark – Tunisia previous encounters
There has been one previous encounter between the two countries. In the run-up to the 2002 World Cup, Denmark and Tunisia played each other, a match Denmark won 2-1.
Denmark – Tunisia, World Cup 2022: Betting Tip & Odds
Denmark are arguably one of the dark horses of this World Cup. They are invariably named as the main outsider behind the known South American and European superpowers and should therefore have little trouble in this opening match against quality-poor Tunisia. Denmark have a fresh squad that does not stop playing football so quickly once they get into their rhythm, so the chances of a big score are there. Our betting tip is therefore: Denmark win, Asian handicap -1.5 with interesting odds of 7/5.
- Tip: Denmark win, Asian handicap -1.5
- Quote: 7/5 at Bet365
- Risk rating: medium
- Recommended stake: 5/10