Perennial dark horses Denmark begin their campaign against North Africans Tunisia in Group D. Denmark dominated World Cup qualifying, earning a spot in Qatar after eight games, eight victories, and zero goals allowed. Mali lost to Tunisia by a slim 1-0 overall margin during their two-leg play-off. Mohamed Drager of Tunisia acknowledged that the game itself “wasn’t fun” and was “a brutal affair, but that’s football.” Here is all the information you need to know about a match that, while perhaps less violent, may not be all that more enjoyable for Tunisia.
Denmark team news
After confirming the initial 21 members of the squad, Kasper Hjulmand left five more spots free, leaving the door open for any players nearing recovery from an injury. After missing Union Berlin’s final three Bundesliga games due to a hamstring injury, Frederik Ronnow was one of the five players who were having trouble. Jonas Wind also has musculoskeletal issues. The Wolfsburg forward has struggled with his fitness during the current season and is questionable for his country’s first game.
Tunisia team news
Denmark vs Tunisia score prediction
Both leaders have high expectations for their countries this winter. Hjulmand desires that Denmark “inspire and unite our nation.” Although Jalel Kadri’s goal of leaving the group for the first time in the country’s history is less idealistic, he did make a commitment to leave if his goal is not accomplished. In their last nine international matches, Tunisia has kept eight clean sheets. They will be obstinate opponents who play defense first (and second, and third). However, Kadri’s side lacks offensive punch. In contrast, a victory for his devilishly balanced Danish side may signal the start of Hjulmand’s mission to forge a united country.
Prediction: Denmark 2-0 Tunisia