Denmark - Australia Preview: Olsen's side looking to bounce back from defeat to Brazil in last outing
Both countries have bigger challenges ahead, and their respective coaches will eye Saturday's friendly as a chance to fine-tune their sides
By Paddy Higgs
Jacobsen, Agger, Kjaer, S. Poulsen
Krohn-Dehli, C. Poulsen, Jorgensen, Rommedahl
Neill, Ognenovski, Spiranovic, North
Brosque, Wilkshire, Milligan, McKay
It is likely neither the coaches nor players of Australia or Denmark will pay much attention to their opposition in their friendly in Copenhagen on Saturday.
Both sides have far bigger challenges in the coming days: the fourth-round of AFC 2014 World Cup qualifying starts just five days later for Australia, while Denmark's attempt to navigate through Euro 2012's group of death begins around 48 hours after that.
Thus the focus of each coach falls on their own team and their own players as both nations bid to enter their respective campaigns in form.
Australia have their missing to deal with. Injury meant back-up goalkeeper Adam Federici had to be replaced in the squad by Mitch Langerak, while Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd again misses his chance at a Socceroos debut for the same reason.
Key attacker Brett Holman - to join Herd at Villa in time for the 2012-13 English Premier League - is in doubt as his wife is due to give birth, and towering striker Josh Kennedy and defensive midfielder Carl Valeri will definitely miss to play in crucial matches for respective club sides Nagoya Grampus and Sassuolo.
The Socceroos represent the final match for long-serving coach Morten Olsen and his men before their Euro 2012 campaign begins as part of the tournament's group of death.
Denmark finished top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group, but all they got for their reward was a place in Group B alongside Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Denmark have not won since beating Finland in November 2011, losing subsequent friendlies against Russia and Brazil.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Denmark full-back Simon Poulsen and Socceroos attacker Brett Holman [provided he plays] should know each other's game all-too well, having linked well for Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in the past few seasons.
- Few international coaches in history can boast of the longevity of coach Morten Olsen [pictured], who has been at the helm of Denmark since 2000.
- Back-up Australia goalkeeper Nathan Coe might have been able to provide some inside knowledge for Socceroos coach Holger Osieck, with the goalkeeper having played in Denmark with SonderjyskE since 2010.
- Australia come into the match having lost just one of their last 11 international matches; Denmark have lost four of their last 12.
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Top 3 Predictions
Denmark 2-1 Australia
- 15.82 %
Denmark 1-2 Australia
- 14.8 %
Denmark 2-0 Australia
- 9.69 %
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|7||William Kvist Jörgensen||Midfielder|
|-||Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen|
|2||Lucas Edward Neill||Defender|
|3||Mark Daniel Milligan||Defender|