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World Cup Group D Odds, Predictions, Betting


Group D will be one of the most exciting in the group stage as France tries to repeat. 

Who will win Group D and advance? Discover more below.

 Denmark opens Group D with a bang

Group D promises an emotional World Cup rollercoaster, starting with defending champion France. Les Bleus are heavy World Cup favorites to advance, but injuries and team chemistry pose challenges.

Christian Eriksen's return from Euro 2020 helps Denmark's rise. The Danes won't make headlines, but they're a true contender, not a plucky outsider.

Group D's underdogs are Australia and Tunisia. Both teams know this tag and the disciplined game plan it requires, but their managers are under pressure in Qatar.

Group D team breakdowns and best bets follow. Visit our free World Cup picks page to never miss a pick.

Few teams have been hit harder by pre-tournament injuries, but any country that can still field Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema won't get much sympathy. N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Presnel Kimpembe are already out for France, and Raphael Varane is still nursing a knee injury.

Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni could replace Kante and Pogba in midfield. This favorable group draw should buy them time.

Didier Deschamps has several options to replace Kimpembe and (potentially) Varane, including Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, and William Saliba of Arsenal. Theo Hernandez should start at left wing-back in a 3-4-1-2 formation, and his attacking intent will help break down defenses.

Les Bleus aren't thrilled to see Denmark in this group, which could be Deschamps' last as national team boss. A talented French team should still advance, but remember that the Danes beat them twice in recent UEFA Nations League play. If Mbappe and Benzema are in sync, that may not matter.

Kylian Mbappe. He scored four goals and impressed at the 2018 World Cup. He's a more complete player, has more responsibility, and could win the Golden Boot.

Denmark has outgrown the "dark horse" label as a Euro 2020 semifinalist and World Cup qualifier. The Danes breezed through qualifying, winning nine straight games and scoring 30 goals. Then they beat France twice in the UEFA Nations League.

Eriksen's emotional return raises Denmark's ceiling. With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney in midfield, Christian Eriksen can control the final third. His set-piece delivery is among the best.

Simon Kjaer and Kasper Schmeichel lead the defense. This pair provides a solid base for the Danes' 3-4-2-1 formation, and coach Kasper Hjulmand can adapt his tactics to the game's flow.

Composed, well-organized Danes are predictable. This 2022 version has more attacking swagger because they've been through a lot together. If Andreas Skov Olsen can replicate his Club Brugge form, Kasper Dolberg should get many chances.

Joakim Maehle. Maehle is a constant left-wing threat for Denmark. Atalanta's wing back loves to roam forward and scored five times in qualifying.

After a lackluster World Cup qualifying campaign, Tunisia faces an uphill battle in Group D. Eagles of Carthage limped to victory thanks to a first-leg own goal.

Their trip to Qatar has been tumultuous. Mondher Kebaier was fired after a poor African Cup of Nations performance, and Jalel Kadri led Tunisia to World Cup qualification.

Kadri's men will use the same cautious approach that got them here — a 4-5-1 formation that relies on a steady defense, a three-man central midfield, and Wahbi Khazri. Hannibal Mejbri may play super-sub.

Tunisia's confidence could be low after a 5-1 loss to Brazil in September. By halftime, Carthage was down 4-0.

Depending on other Group D results, facing France in the final group match could be beneficial, but it's unclear how they'll change their defensive game plan if they fall behind. This Tunisia squad seems unlikely to advance past the World Cup group stage.

Khazri. The Montpellier playmaker leads Tunisia's best attacks and scored against Belgium and Panama at the last World Cup. He'll carry a limited offense again.

Australia are back at the World Cup for the fifth time, but their household names have moved on, leaving them overmatched in Group D. The Aussies won their intercontinental playoff on penalties against Peru and must now up their game quickly. Expectations are lower than before.

This is a transitioning team. Graham Arnold weathered turbulent times during qualification but may leave after the tournament. The World Cup will be a big step up for many of the squad.

Arnold will likely use the 4-1-4-1 formation that helped Australia beat Peru, focusing on stifling opponents and counterattacking. Given the quality of France and Denmark and the challenging Qatari climate, it's hard to see Australia's defensive approach taking them far.

Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy provide stability, but where will the goals come from? Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle will lead the Aussies without Tom Rogic.

Jackson Irvine. The Aussies will rely on St. Pauli's tireless work rate as they defend in numbers. From midfield, he can break forward to help the team's lone striker.