World Cup Qualifier: Denmark v Italy match preview

A look ahead to this week’s World Cup Qualifier in Copenhagen

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Italy travel to Copenhagen knowing they will be playing in the World Cup finals in Brazil whatever happens in their last two qualifying games.

They are one of seven teams who still have unbeaten records in the qualifying stage having won six of their eight games and drawn two.

Denmark on the other hand have everything to play for and are competing with Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for second position in the group which will guarantee a play-off spot.  Their qualification hopes will be seriously scuppered if they fail to take something from this match but their home form so far has not been inspiring having drawn twice and suffering a humiliating 4-0 loss to Armenia.

KICK-OFF: Friday, 7.15pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Italy 3 (Montolivo, De Rossi, Balotelli) Denmark 1 (Kvist), World Cup Qualifying, October 2012

Denmark 0 Italy 0, European Championship Finals, June 2004

Italy 2 (Fuser, Vieri) Denmark 3 (Jorgensen, Wieghorst, Tomasson), European Championship Qualifying, September 1999

STATS…

If Gianluigi Buffon plays he will collect his 137th cap and go past Fabio Cannavaro to become Italy’s most capped player of all-time.

Denmark have not won a match at home since they played a friendly against Australia in June 2012.

Italy and Denmark have played each other twelve times throughout history with Italy winning eight times and Denmark winning twice. There has only ever been one draw.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is Denmark’s top scorer in the qualifying campaign so far with two goals.

ODDS…

Denmark to win: 2.48

Italy to win: 3.15

Draw: 3.5

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