Facing a Brazil team with two wins from two games and no goals conceded, Denmark have it all to do in their final Group D outing if they are to advance to the quarter-finals. The South Americans have effectively secured their qualification already and if, as expected, China see off the challenge of New Zealand, the Danes will need to claim all three points in Hangzhou.
Though not a mathematical certainty, Brazil's opening two wins mean they can already start contemplating the quarter-finals. Now only a very heavy defeat by Denmark coupled with a big win for China PR against New Zealand would deny the Canarinhas. The situation for Denmark, however, is more complicated. A victory on Thursday will see them progress as long as China do not win their match by five goals or more, while a draw will only be enough for Heiner-Moller's side if the hosts fail to win.
It is not the most encouraging of scenarios for the Danes, especially given the form shown thus far by their opponents, who have won both their games, scoring nine times without reply. Denmark began their campaign with a defeat by the hosts, before getting their first points on the board against New Zealand thanks to some well-worked set-pieces. However, the Brazil defence may not be as generous, particularly with goalkeeper Andreia keen to extend her tally of 720 minutes without conceding a goal in official competitions.
With none of their players suspended or injured, both coaches will have a full squad to chose from. Denmark coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller will again be watching from the stands as he serves the second game of a two-match ban picked up for anti-sporting behaviour. Brazilians Aline, Renata Costa and Daniela as well as Denmark's Cathrine Paaske-Sorensen all need to avoid a yellow card if they are not to miss the quarter-final, should they progress.
We're confident we can win, but we don't expect it to be easy. We'll be training hard to make the most of our chances of qualifying - Katrine Pedersen,Denmarkdefender
Our only goal is to win the group. We still haven't won anything yet, and we still need to improve certain aspects of our play. Brazil came to China to win the title. We have a chance to do that and we're not going to let it pass us by - Marta,Brazilstriker