AUSTRALIA face a crucial clash with Denmark and know a draw will almost certainly be enough to see them finish in the last 16.
It would be only the second time the Socceroos have reached a World Cup knockout round.
However, they come up as underdogs against a normally impressive Danish side that hasn’t worked yet.
The Danes made it to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 last year but were held to a draw by Tunisia before losing to France at the tournament.
That means they need one win to get through this one.
SunSport takes a look at what to expect from Australia vs Denmark, including our result prediction.
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Australia: Graham Arnold’s side messed up pre-tournament predictions to give themselves a huge chance of qualifying.
Despite being outclassed in a 4-1 defeat by France, they bounced back and scored a crucial 1-0 win over Tunisia through Mitchell Duke.
Read full match report Tunisia vs Australia…
Denmark: The Danes disappointed with a 0-0 start against the Tunisians, which could cost them dearly.
A narrow 2-1 loss to France in the second game means that just one win is enough in this game.
Read full match report France vs Denmark…
Any injuries to worry about?
Australia: Nathaniel Atkinson took a hit against France and substitute Fran Karacic is likely to keep his place after a strong performance against Tunisia.
Hibernian forward Martin Boyle has been ruled out of the entire World Cup after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the eve of the tournament.
Denmark: Thomas Delaney will miss the rest of the tournament with a knee injury.
Mikkel Damsgaard replaced him during the France game and will likely keep his place.
Who will the star men be?
Australia: Aaron Mooy has shown his usual confident presence in midfield and will need to do so again if the Socceroos are to qualify.
Denmark: The Denmark squad is brimming with talent but it’s hard to look beyond Man Utd star Christian Eriksen as the mainstay.
Australia automatically qualifies with a win over Denmark.
Should Tunisia not beat France, a draw will suffice.
Denmark must beat Australia by a margin equivalent to a Tunisian victory over France.
What is the head-to-head race?
The teams have only met once at the World Cup – four years ago.
That day, a Mile Jedinak penalty gave Australia a 1-1 draw after an early Christian Eriksen goal.
Australia and Denmark met three more times, all friendlies, with the Aussies winning, losing and drawing once.
Australia 1 Denmark 2
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