With the kick-off less than one hour away, here´s my quick prediction for the Danish starting line-up and a result.
Most likely, Morten Olsen is going to stick with the same side that beat Cameroon with the exception of Simon Kjær, who is suspended. He will be replaced by Per Krøldrup, but the only other thinkable change concerns the left hand side.
Jesper Grønkjær started the last game, but does not look like he can play a full 90 minutes, and also he is a more attacking player than for instance Thomas Kahlenberg, and coach Olsen might just want to avoid fielding to many attacking players in this all important match.
But I reckon it´s a 50% chance of Grønkjær starting nonetheless, because of his routine.
The result? Denmark can not use a draw at all, and Japan doesn´t strike me as a team that defends throughout an entire match. In other words, I think there might be goals in this one!
2-1 for Denmark, goalscorers Nicklas Bendtner and Jon Dahl Tomasson (we had one unlikely goalscorer last time with Rommedahl, why not two in a row)?
Let´s hope for a good game from both sides...with a Danish win to see us through!