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Denmark vs China PR betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

Denmark vs China PR odds and betting statistics

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Denmark vs China PR match preview

With England the clear favourites to top Group D, and Haiti rank-outsiders, this game could be crucial in determining who reaches the round of 16 and who does not.

Denmark are back at the World Cup for the first time since 2007, having missed out on the previous edition, largely because their players boycotted a qualifier against Sweden protesting against the DBU.

Despite their lack of expirence at this tournament, de rød-hvide have been labelled by many as the classic dark-horses, having reached the Euro 2017 final, before going out in the group phase at last summer’s edition.

In fairness, 12 months ago, they were eliminated by Germany and Spain, which is about as tough a draw as one could get.

So, will Denmark kick off with a win in Perth, as they aim to reach the World Cup knockout phase for the first time since 1995?

China PR though cannot be underestimated, coming into this competition as Asian Champions, beating Korea Republic 3-2 after extra time in last year’s Asia Cup Final in Navi Mumbai.

The Steel Roses have never been eliminated in the World Cup group stages, getting all the way to the 1999 final, but face a tough task if they’re to maintain that record.

It may only be matchday one, but if either team can claim victory at Perth Rectangular Stadium, they’d be in pole position to advance.

Denmark team news

Midfielder Sofie Junge Pedersen picked up an injury on the eve of the tournament, which is a big blow.

Nevertheless, with Denmark it’s all about Pernille Harder, who will make her long-awaited World Cup debut here, seeking to add to her 70 international goals.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Christensen; Sevecke, Boye Sørensen, Ballisager Pedersen, Veje; Holmgaard, Troelsgaard Nielsen, Møller Kühl; Thomsen, Bruun, Harder.

China PR teams news

Similarly, China boast plenty of attacking talent, namely their strike duo of Wáng Shānshān and Wáng Shuāng; the latter has been on fire for NWSL side Racing Louisville this season.

Right-back Lǐ Mengwen impressed as Paris Saint-Germain last season, while the vast majority of the rest of their squad ply their trade domestically.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Xu Huan; Li Mengwen, Wú Hǎiyàn, Gāo Chén, Chen Qiaozhu; Zhāng Ruì, Lou Jiahui, Gǔ Yǎshā, Yáng Lìnà; Wáng Shānshān, Wáng Shuāng.

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