Denmark vs France

Denmark vs France: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018

The pressure is on Denmark in Group C on Tuesday, as they need a result against an already-qualified France to ensure progress into the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup.

In their previous outing, the Danes were below their best but still managed to dig out a 1-1 draw with Australia.

The Socceroos take on Peru in their final group match, knowing they need to win and hope France can topple Denmark to get into the round of 16.

As for the French, manager Didier Deschamps will likely view this game as a chance to rest some key players. Narrow wins over Australia and Peru mean they are already into the knockout round.

It will be a huge day for Denmark, as they seek to go beyond the round-robin stage for the first time since the 2002 finals.

Team News

Following his injury in the opening game, William Kvist is set to remain sidelined. Elsewhere, it’s tough to see Denmark manager Age Hareide making too many changes to a core that has achieved four points so far, although Yussuf Poulsen will miss out through suspension.

The same cannot be said for France, who will likely give some fringe players an opportunity. Nabil Fekir has come off the bench in both games and is primed to start, while Deschamps may have a look at some different options at full-back.

Likely Denmark XI: Kasper Schmeichel; Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney; Martin Braithwaite, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto; Nicolai Jorgensen

Likely France XI: Hugo Lloris; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti; Benjamin Mendy; Steven N’Zonzi, Corentin Tolisso; Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir, Antoine Griezmann; Olivier Giroud

Date: Tuesday, June 26

Time: 3 p.m. (BST), 10 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: ITV (UK), Fox Sports 1 or Fox (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Fox Sports Go (U.S.)

Denmark Need to Dig In

As noted by statistician Paul Carr, the Danes are in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stages:

While they will be hopeful of a vibrant Peru side doing them a favour against Australia, it would be a huge boost if Denmark could get the result needed themselves—not only for peace of mind but also for confidence ahead of the last 16.

The man they will be looking to against France is Christian Eriksen, as the Tottenham Hotspur man has already had a huge influence on this competition. He netted in the draw with Australia to continue his excellent run of productivity:

France have a number of game-changers of their own, although we’ve not seen them at full flight yet despite their two victories.

Against Peru, Les Bleus were pinned back for long spells after Kylian Mbappe grabbed an opener. While they appeared robust defensively, supporters will be expecting a little more given the attacking talent at their disposal.

As noted by football journalist Tom Williams, it does feel as though Deschamps is being too cagey at times:

While France don’t need any points here, writer Jeremy Smith outlined why it’s important they don’t lose the contest:

Some fresh faces and the lack of pressure may liberate France. Nabil Fekir, in particular, has been bright when introduced into games, while others in the XI will be desperate to make an impact with the knockout stages in mind.

Denmark will need to improve on their first two displays to match Les Bleus, as they’ve been up and down in both of their Group C encounters.

In Eriksen, though, they have a player who has shown himself capable of conjuring big moments, and his influence will be enough to earn the Danes a vital point.

France vs Denmark

Much-fancied France are taking on Denmark in their last group game of the 2018 World Cup .

When is it?

Today! Tuesday, June 26.

What time is kick-off?

3pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

You can watch this one ITV 1, with the other 3pm match – Australia vs Peru – taking place on ITV 4.

Telegraph Sport will also be bringing you live coverage of both matches – and all games during this World Cup.

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Where is the game being played?

Luzhniki stadium, Moscow.

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What is the team news?

Denmark will be without William Kvist, who suffered a rib injury against Peru.

France’s centre-back Samuel Umtiti has been struggling with a thigh strain and may be rested. Adil Rami is the most likely to take his place.

What’s the latest news on the two teams?

France have rrecorded two narrow victories and now face tougher competition in Denmark. They still haven’t found a way to play with Dembele, Mbappe and Griezmann and ended up playing with Olivier Giroud leading the line against Peru. Didier Deschamps will need to get his team settled into a rhythm.

A bad result here and an Australia win could see Denmark go home at the group stage, so they will be keen to keep their destiny in their own hands.

What is the group table latest – and what is at stake?

The French are already through to the last 16, but the Danes could do with picking up a point, because a big win for Australia against Peru would see them leapfrog Denmark into second place in Group C.

What are the odds?

  • Denmark win: 7/2
  • France win: 6/5
  • Draw: 8/5

What’s our prediction?

France to shade it with a dodgy VAR decision late in the game, just like against Australia. Cristian Eriksen will also score, because he is brilliant and on brilliant form.

Prediction: 2-1 France

Italian Grand Prix 2018

Marc Marquez will try to win his fourth MotoGP race in a row on Sunday, June 3, as the Italian Grand Prix takes place at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany.

The four-time world champion has been in untouchable form of late and has built a significant lead in the overall standings. He hasn’t won in Italy since 2014, however, so there is at least some hope for his rivals to fight back this time around.

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Here is a look at the race schedule:

Saturday, June 2

8:55 a.m. BST/3:55 a.m. ET: Free Practice

12:30 a.m. BST/7:30 a.m. ET: Free Practice

1:10 p.m. BST/8:10 a.m. ET: Qualifying

Sunday, June 3

1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET ET: Race

The full schedule and times can be found by clicking here. Live stream options are available via the BT Sport App and beIN Sports CONNECT.

Top Riders

Marc Marquez

Is there any way to look past Marquez? The 25-year-old cruised to yet another win in France to take his championship lead to 36 points, with compatriot Maverick Vinales the closest behind.

The Spaniard made history in the process, equaling Casey Stoner’s 38 GP wins:

Marquez’s recipe for success is no big secret―the defending world champion rarely gives up a lead, so he’ll gun for the top spot early and ride a nearly flawless race once he gets there.

The good news for the rest of the pack is Mugello doesn’t appear to suit the Spaniard, as he can’t make full use of the pace of his Honda in the swooping first and final sectors.

Here is a look at the track on board a Yamaha, showcasing the long straight and slow-speed corners on both ends of it:

The top man in Italy over the last decade has been Jorge Lorenzo, who has won five of the last seven races at Mugello.

The Spaniard has been inconsistent at best this season, however, and sits just 14th in the standings. He finished sixth in France after leading the race.

His future at Ducati is up in the air at this point, as he’s been consistently beaten by some of his team-mates this season. MotoGP expert David Emmett is unsure how the situation will play out:

If there’s one track where Lorenzo has a good chance of bouncing back and gaining some momentum, it’s Mugello. Whether Ducati can hold up their end of the deal is another matter.

Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco sits just one point behind Vinales in the overall standings―leaving him 37 behind Marquez―and has finished on the podium in two of the five races so far. He retired in France, the result of a crash after he approached the race a little too aggressively:

He showed great pace, however, and should learn from that mistake. Zarco is still relatively new to MotoGP―it’s only his second year in the top class―and chasing a maiden win he seems destined to find at some point this season.

It could happen in Italy, where Marquez has struggled and Vinales has never won.

Brazil vs Croatia

Brazil vs Croatia: TV channel, live stream, team news & match preview. One of the World Cup favourites are in action at Anfield on Sunday, as Brazil begin their preparations for Russia with a tough challenge.

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Brazil face an early test of their World Cup credentials on Sunday when they take on Croatia in a friendly to be played at Liverpool’s Anfield home.

It is the first pre-World Cup friendly for each nation, who both hope to excel in the Russia finals later this month.

And while Neymar is set to miss out, those present at Anfield should have the privilege of seeing a host of stars, including several players who shined in Saturday’s Champions League final.

Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the friendly clash between the two sides including team news, squad predictions and TV information.

Game Brazil vs Croatia
Date Sunday, June 3
Time 3:00pm BST/ 10:00am ET
Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)

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In the UK, meanwhile, the game will be available via LFC TV and online with LFC TV Go.

Squads & Team News


Position Brazil players
Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson
Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Filipe Luis, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Fagner
Midfielders Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Fred, Willian
Forwards Douglas Costa, Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Taison, Gabriel Jesus

Brazil star Neymar continues his recovery from a metatarsal break and will not start at Anfield, while Roberto Firmino is likely to be rested after his Champions League exertions, leaving Gabriel Jesus as the starting centre-forward.

The Selecao are also suffering a handful of injury niggles. Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa are struggling and are unlikely to play a part in Sunday’s fixture.

Potential starting XI: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro; Willian, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Gabriel Jesus.

Position Croatia players
Goalkeepers Livakovic, Kalinic, Subasic
Defenders Vrsaljko, Strinic, Corluka, Lovren, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Vida, Pivaric, Caleta-Car
Midfielders Rakitic, Kovacic, Modric, Brozovic, Bradaric, Badelj
Forwards Perisic, Kramaric, Kalinic, Mandzukic, Rebic, Pjaca

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is yet to trim his World Cup squad, and will bring 27 hopefuls to Anfield before announcing his final list ahead of Monday’s deadline.

It remains to be seen whether Champions League final participants Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and Mateo Kovacic will be risked, but there is nevertheless talent to spare in Croatia’s squad as they take on Tite’s Brazil.

Potential starting XI: Kalinic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Corluka, Pivaric; Rakitic, Modric; Pjaca, Brozovic, Kovacic; Mandzukic.

Betting & Match Odds

Brazil begin as clear favourites at Anfield, with dabblebet offering 1/2 on a victory for the South Americans. Croatia are backed at 11/2, with a draw rated at 14/5.

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Game Preview

As two teams packed full of stars, many eyes will be on Brazil and Croatia at the upcoming World Cup finals. As such there should be great interest in Sunday’s friendly at Anfield, a game that marks the beginning of preparations for both sides ahead of the big tournament.

Brazil head to Russia as one of the favourites to win the trophy, alongside Spain, Germany and France. The team spearheaded by Neymar has been revitalised since coach Tite took over in 2016, breezing through World Cup qualifying and re-establishing the Selecao among the world’s elite after the humiliation of the 7-1 and the dark days of Dunga’s second spell post-2014 World Cup.

The fitness of Neymar, however, is the big concern going into the finals. The Paris Saint-Germain star has been grounded since February due to a foot injury and will go into the competition acutely short of match fitness.

Tite will hope that the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Willian and Gabriel Jesus can step up, but recovering Neymar is still key to their chances of landing the nation’s sixth World Cup title.

Croatia, meanwhile, are counting on the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic reproducing their wonderful club form with Real Madrid and Barcelona on the international stage. The pair are among the world’s finest midfielders, but will have to shake off fatigue after yet another exhausting season across multiple competitions for the Clasico rivals.

Those two will be key, while they are ably supported by Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Marko Pjaca to name just a few of Croatia’s attacking stars. With a tough World Cup group that includes Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria, though, they will have to be at their very best to advance to the knockout stages and keep the World Cup dream alive.

Belgium vs Portugal

Belgium and Portugal will face a major test ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, as the two teams go head-to-head in Brussels.

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Portugal are the current European champions, while Belgium enter the World Cup with hype and momentum after a record-breaking qualifying campaign. Both teams are filled with talent known for their scoring exploits, so for neutral fans, this should be must-watch television.

Here is a look ahead at the match.

Date: Saturday, June 2

Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

TV Info/Live Stream: MUTV, ESPN

Belgium vs. The Elite

There’s no denying Belgium’s qualifying campaign was impressive―the Red Devils went unbeaten, winning all but one of their matches and setting a new record for goals scored in a UEFA qualifying group with 43. Per UEFA.com’s Paul Saffer, world champions Germany equalled the amount.

Belgium feasted on a number of smaller teams―the likes of Gibraltar and Estonia never stood a chance―and have impressed against some of the continent’s best as well in recent years, with wins over France, the Netherlands and Italy. Counting friendlies, they haven’t lost since 2016.

But the Red Devils have shown vulnerabilities against solid teams lately, including a 3-3 draw against Mexico, a narrow 1-0 win over Japan and a draw with Russia last year.

In those matches, the Belgians struggled with each team’s quicker, more athletic players out wide and up top―another reminder of their relative weakness at the full-back position.

Portugal have plenty of attacking talent and will provide the hosts with a stern―and needed―test ahead of the World Cup. We’ll learn whether the hype is legitimate on Saturday.

Can Portugal’s Defence Survive the Onslaught?

The current European champions wasted a 2-0 advantage in their last friendly, settling for a 2-2 draw against Tunisia, a team not expected to do much at the World Cup.

That’s a bad omen for Portugal, who enter the tournament with some question marks. They’re missing a number of depth players who played a key role two years ago, including Barcelona’s Andre Gomes and Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, who have since regressed.

On top of the absentees, there have been some changes to the starting XI as well. One of those changes came in central defence, where longtime starter Pepe paired with 21-year-old Ruben Dias against Tunisia.

Portuguese football expert Jan Hagen liked what he saw:

The real test will come against Belgium, who are loaded with attacking talent and will put the duo under constant pressure.

If Dias can hold his own against Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and the rest of the Red Devils’ vaunted squad, he’ll more than earn his spot in the team. It’s a major ask for the youngster, however, and something to keep a close eye on.

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