International Friendly: Australia V Denmark – Tuesday, 2nd June

31st May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Australia V Denmark

Tuesday, 2nd June – 13:00 GMT
International Friendly
Johannesburg, South Africa

We have the pleasure of viewing two of the 32 teams about to compete in this summer’s forthcoming FIFA World Cup or at least we would have had this match been played in Australia in front of the Betfair and Bet365 cameras. Instead, because both teams have already landed in South Africa ahead of the finals in a little over a weeks time, we will have to find alternative means to watch this intriguing game on South African soil.

 

Australia

For the Socceroos, this will be the first game since their 2-1 defeat of New Zealand in Melbroune. A game the Aussies didn’t play particularly well in and will want show the coach they’ve taken on board all the constructive criticism they surely received after that mediocre display. However, Tuesday’s game represents a final chance to shine for some of the fringe players in the squad, as coach Pim Verbeek has yet to whittle down his provisional squad to the allocated 23 players. It is, however, clear that Harry Kewell won’t play any part against Denmark as the former Liverpool winger is still recuperating from a groin injury, while Scott McDonald of Middlesbrough was omitted from the Aussie camp only last week.

Pim Verbeek expects a more intense and committed performance from his team on Tuesday after their average showing against neighbours New Zealand a week ago. “We know we were rusty against New Zealand and that we have to improve our organisation. We also have to work on our communication when we don’t have the ball and that is why you play friendlies", stated Verbeek in a recent press conference. However, he also stated that he wasn’t overly concerned with the display nor that he would be outraged with his team should they suffer a setback against the Danes on Tuesday. The Dutchman’s main priority is to get his entire squad fully fit in time for their final pre-World Cup warm up game against the United States on June 5th thus meaning Australia will be in the correct physical shape when they take on Germany on June 13th in their first of three Group D encounters.

Against the Kiwi’s in their last outing Australia were poor although may be forgiven for having a few nerves as it was their last match on Australian soil, their ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank-you’ game if you like. It won’t get any easier mind on Tuesday against a more equipped Denmark side, while it remains to be seen just how the Australian players handle the South Africa conditions.

 

Denmark

Unlike their Australian opponents on Tuesday, Denmark cruised through their final friendly on European soil when brushing aside Senegal in a 2-0 victory. While it was hardly a win and a performance that would strike fear into the Aussies, it was accomplished with little fuss and without the Danes really exerting themselves too much.

Denmark coach Morten Olson has already finalised his squad, filling the allocated 23 slots before sending Denmark out to South Africa to adapt to an environment few will be used to while it’s one they need to quickly become accustom with as it could be their home for the next month or so depending on how they fare in the tournament. Olson’ decision to name his final 23-man team is a smart one in our eyes, as Olson now knows roughly he needs to play a prominent part in the finals and who will merely be used as back-up thus allowing the the Danish manager to concentrate on getting the possible starting eleven against Netherlands on June 14th to come together as a unit, to form some camaraderie and build a positive atmosphere in camp, nullifying any anxiety in the process.  If players know their roles, those likely to start and those serving as back up, there should be little apprehension and nerves as a direct result. At the same time, though, it allows those currently on the fringe of the starting eleven to push for a starting claim and a pleasing display against Australia wouldn’t do anyone any harm.

With the Denmark squad having been finalised, we expect Olson to field his strongest starting eleven on Tuesday, or at least close enough. With that first game against Holland not far away, the Danish coach will be desperate to see how his players will handle the African conditions, playing at altitude and in the formation that’s likely to be used throughout the course of the tournament.

 

Match Odds:

Australia – 3.40 VCbet
Draw – 3.40 bWin
Denmark – 2.38 Coral



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