France vs Denmark lineups: Predicted XIs and confirmed team news for World Cup 2022 game


France will be without Lucas Hernandez when they face Denmark in their second World Cup clash on Saturday.

The left-back tore his ACL in the opening win over Australia and will miss the rest of the tournament, meaning his brother Theo Hernandez will come into the starting line-up as France look to make a huge move to seal top spot in Group D.

The front four is likely to be the same against Denmark, where Kylian Mbappe got a goal and an assist against Australia and Olivier Giroud provided the boost. Les Blues showed no sign of missing Karim Benzema, who has been ruled out of the World Cup by a thigh injury.

In defense, Didier Deschamps has a decision to make, with William Saliba and Raphael Varane among the potential center-backs, but Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano are favorites to keep their place in the side.

As for Denmark, midfielder Thomas Delaney will play no further part in the tournament, the knee injury he suffered against Tunisia serious enough to end his World Cup run.

Brentford’s Mathias Jensen is a potential option to replace him, while Kasper Hjulmand could opt for a move to a back four, the system Denmark used when they beat France in the Nations League in September.

Predicted France XI (4-2-3-1):

Lloris; Pavard, Konate, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Predicted Denmark XI (4-3-3):

Schmeichel; Kristensen, Andersen, Christensen, Maehle; Hojbjerg, Jensen, Eriksen; Damsgaard, Olsen, Dolberg

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