Here is our Denmark v Italy preview for this weekends interesting World Cup match.

Welcome to our preview of the World Cup qualifier between Denmark and Italy, which will take place in Copenhagen. The Danish are in need of a victory from this home game if they are to have a serious chance of qualifying for the latter stages of the Brazilian World Cup, while the Italians will further cement their position as league leaders if they are able to win this one, although their progression is already a mathematical certainty.

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Denmark LWDLWW
Italy WWWDWW

Previous Meeting

WCQ 2014 – Oct 16, 2012 – Italy 3 – Denmark 1

Goals Scored

Italy have scored 15 goals so far during the qualifying campaign, whereas Montenegro have scored 9.

Goals Conceded

England have conceded 5 goals so far during World Cup qualifying, while Montenegro have conceded 10, thus meaning that the Danes have a negative goal difference at present.

Team and Selection News

Despite the fact that Italy have already guaranteed their place in the 2014 World Cup, Italy are not going to be blooding a lot of young talent in this particular fixture, as there is no-one under the age of 22 in their squad for this game. Thus, as usual, Italy will go with an experienced line-up, with the defence undoubtedly the strongest part of their team, with players such as Chiellini, Bonucci and Buffon likely to feature. The backbone of the Danish team is pretty strong, with recent Spurs signing Christian Eriksen undoubtedly being the star player for Denmark. The Danes also have Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner up front, who has scored 22 international goals, and the Liverpool captain Daniel Agger at the back, so fans of the Premier League will recognise that they have not inconsiderable talent within their ranks.

Conclusion

Italy haven’t lost in the qualifying group yet, and are notoriously difficult to beat. However, I wonder how motivated they will be for this game slap bang in the middle of the Italian league season, given that they have already qualified. I think this means that Italy won’t necessarily win this game, but they usually have enough strength and durability to nick a point against anyone, so I can see this being a rather turgid draw.