Denmark's Jonas Knudsen flew home to see his little child girl quickly after Saturday's World Cup prevail upon Peru, however, came back to the squad on Tuesday and is in conflict to confront Australia.
Lasse Schone could supplant William Kvist, who was taken off on a stretcher amid Denmark's opener, however, the midfielder stays confident of returning before the finish of the gathering stages.
The competition's most youthful player, 19-year-old Daniel Arzani, was presented in Saturday's thrashing for Australia and could begin against Denmark.
DENMARK LINE UP
1 Kasper Schmeichel
6 Andreas Christensen
4 Simon Kjaer
17 Jens Stryger Larsen
14 Henrik Dalsgaard
10 Christian Eriksen
8 Thomas Delaney
19 Lasse Schöne
9 Nicolai Jørgensen
23 Pione Sisto
20 Yussuf Yurary Poulsen
AUSTRALIA LINE UP
1 Mathew Ryan
5 Mark Milligan
20 Trent Sainsbury
16 Aziz Behich
19 Joshua Risdon
15 Mile Jedinak
13 Aaron Mooy
10 Robbie Kruse
7 Mathew Leckie
11 Andrew Nabbout
23 Tom Rogic
Denmark began their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against a Peru side making their first appearance in the competition since 1982.
Peru had earlier missed a penalty which was given by the video assistant referee for a foul by Yussuf Poulsen but the offender then gave Denmark a slim lead in the second half.
It took Denmark 27 minutes to have their first shot on goal in Saransk and they were forced to defend for large periods of the game but will still fancy their chances against an Australian side who have only made it out of the group stages on one occasion at the World Cup (2006).
Following the shock resignation of coach Ange Postecoglou in November, Van Marwijk has had limited time to prepare his Australia squad but they produced a good performance against one of the tournament favourites France.
Australia are aiming to emulate their achievements in 2006, but got off on the wrong foot with a late 2-1 defeat in Kazan.
VIEW FROM BOTH CAMPS
Denmark coach Age Hareide: “Australia are a bit different to us. We have a few players who are at a higher level than them if you look at the squads player by player. But it’s going to be a tight game.
“If you look at the results during this tournament then it would appear that many of the favourites have a tough time dealing with that role. If you go back two years and look at the Matches
there, then that was the case there as well.
“They leave all the pressure on the favourites because they can play free without pressure. And when a wall of 10 men is waiting for you in the box, then they can become very tough to break down.”
Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy: “We have a gameplan, which we’ve played since Bert Van Marwijk and the coaching staff took over and not a lot is changing. We just try and do our jobs better.
“The gameplan worked well against France, maybe we need to attack a bit more but that depends how the game’s going. We need to win so hopefully we’ll get a few chances and put them away.” “Every game at the World Cup is like a final.”
On Denmark’s Christian Eriksen: “He’s an excellent player, he’s had a great season and he’s probably Denmark’s most dangerous player. We have to keep a close eye on him, and try and stop the supply to him. We have to do it altogether as a team.”
- This will be the fourth encounter between Denmark and Australia, their first at the World Cup. None of their previous fixtures – all friendlies – have ended in a draw (two wins for Denmark, one for Australia).
- Australia have lost seven of their nine World Cup encounters against European opposition (W1, D1), their only win coming against Serbia in 2010 (2-1).
- Only in their first ever appearance in 1986 have Denmark won both of their opening two matches in a World Cup campaign.
- Denmark kept a clean sheet in their opening match against Peru, but have never kept consecutive shutouts in the World Cup before.
- All 28 of Denmark’s World Cup goals have come from inside the box.
- Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has kept a clean sheet in each of his last five matches for Denmark, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago against Republic of Ireland.
- Christian Eriksen has had a hand in 17 goals in his last 14 appearances for Denmark (12 goals, 5 assists).
- Australia have lost each of their last four World Cup matches, conceding at least two goals in each game.
- Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their 14 previous World Cup finals matches, a 0-0 draw with Chile in 1974.
- Mile Jedinak’s goal against France was his second for Australia in World Cup finals matches. Only Tim Cahill (five) has scored more for the Socceroos in the competition (Brett Holman also two).
Source: BBC News