After a chastening 4-1 defeat to France in Matchday 1, Australia’s 1-0 win over Tunisia not only kept them in the tournament, but it marked just the second time in 18 matches that the Socceroos have managed to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup Finals match. The Danes, ranked 10th by FIFA, made history by not conceding a goal in any of their first eight World Cup qualifiers and continued that defensive frugality in a 0-0 draw with Tunisia. However, they were twice undone by Kylian Mbappé in a 2-1 defeat against reigning World Champions, France. Although Denmark enjoyed 52% of the possession against France, Expected Goals suggests a deserved win for Les Bleus who had a 2.65 to 0.85 edge.
Australia, ranked 38th in the world, have used a back four in both starts, while Denmark is likely to play with three at the back. All four previous meetings between these two sides have taken place since 2007, with two wins for Danish Dynamite, one draw, and one Australian victory. The last of those games finished in a 1-1 draw, in Russia. France has guaranteed themselves a place in the last 16. Australia can join them with a win. A tense night lies ahead as Group D reaches its conclusion.