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Women's World Cup: Matildas ready for resolute Danes

The Matildas are just one game away from the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, but they must overcome a quality Denmark side if they are to get there.

Australia’s women have had a rough passage through to the round of 16 and needed to beat Canada in the final group game to make it this far.

Now they face another must-win game against a Denmark side that does not concede many goals and gave England a run for their money in the group stage.

All eyes will again be on Matildas superstar Sam Kerr to see if she will make her first appearance of the tournament after being kept out by a calf injury.

Accor Stadium in Sydney should be packed to the rafters and home advantage could be crucial when it comes to toppling the Danes.

WhatAustralia Women v Denmark Women
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When20:30 (AEST) Monday 7th August, 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsAustralia Women 1.85, Draw 3.40, Denmark Women 4.75

Matildas may need to be patient

The Matildas may need to be patient and keep their calm when they take on a resolute Denmark side on Monday evening.

Denmark have conceded just the one goal in the tournament so far, and that came against hot fancies England in a narrow 1-0 loss.

They also beat China 1-0 and Haiti 2-0 to finish second in the group behind England, to book their place in the Round of 16.

All indications point to Denmark again looking to keep things very tight in attempt to frustrate a Matildas side that will look to get on the front foot from the off.

Denmark could opt to sit deep, soak up pressure and hit on the counter-attack, and they are blessed with plenty of quality in the final third. There is no shortage of players who can find the back of the net.

Indeed Pernille Mosegaard-Harder has scored 71 goals throughout her international career. She also scored from the penalty spot in the win over Haiti.

Mosegaard-Harder can be backed at 4.33 to score at anytime during the game.

Kerr dilemma for Matildas

The good news for the Matildas is Sam Kerr is available to make her first start of the tournament against Denmark.

Kerr was on the bench against Canada after making good progress from her calf issue, but was able to rest up further as the Matildas romped to a 4-0 win without her.

The star forward has continued with her recovery and is ready to start, but whether she does is another question. The Matildas would have to change a side that thumped Canada.

In the lead up to the tournament, Kerr had played up top with Caitlin Foord. However against Canada Foord move to left midfield with Emily van Egmond partnering Mary Fowler in attack.

Fowler got her name on the score-sheet, as did Hayley Raso, who bagged a brace from right midfield.

Raso got the first goal against Canada and is priced at 11.00 to do the same against Denmark.

There is the possibility that coach Tony Gustavsson could keep the same starting eleven and bring Kerr on in the second half.

Grant concussion concern

The Matildas do have one concern ahead of the game as Charlotte Grant has been a victim of delayed concussion.

Grant left the field against Canada late in the game after being involved in a heavy collision.

Concussion symptoms have since emerged and Grant was unable to train in Brisbane on Friday.

However the word coming out of the Matildas camp is she will be fit and ready to face Denmark.

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