Denmark will play host to Belgium at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Thursday, June 17, hoping they can bounce back from a 0-1 loss to Finland last time out. The Red Devils will take a trip up North chasing their second win of the tournament and their third away win in Denmark since 1971.
Denmark vs Belgium
When: Thursday, June 17 – 18:00 CEST
Where: Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark
Weather: Partly Sunny, 24°C°
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Denmark will count on home advantage to earn them their first three points of EURO 2020, albeit they shouldn’t overvalue the comfort of playing on home soil. As advantageous as playing at home can be, EURO 2020 isn’t exactly a tournament that would confirm that.
The Dynamite have done well against Belgium before, however, they haven’t beaten the Red Devils once since 1994. Their only three fixture of the 21st century ended in a 2-2 stalemate (2000) and two victories for Belgium with 2-0 and 4-2 in 2020.
Denmark in Shock
Denmark won’t be able to count on Christian Eriksen after Inter Milan’s midfielder collapsed in Denmark’s EURO 2020 opener against Finland. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for the Eagle-owls, which isn’t that shocking given the circumstances the Danish players had to play in.
Obviously, after one of your teammates nearly dies in front of your eyes, it’s hard to keep composure, and it showed in the second half of the match. It would be fair to say that the Dynamite would have won that match had not been for the unfortunate event, as they were clearly the better team.
At the same time, Denmark have had their chances to at least force a draw but were unable to deliver, so it’s not like we can praise them too much for their performance that day.
With Eriksen now in stable condition, his teammates can breathe easy and possibly put up a better performance against the world no.1 team. Will that be enough to win their first head-to-head match against the Red Devils in 27 years remains to be seen.
Belgium Looking Sharp
Belgium crushed Russia in their EURO 2020 opener (3-0) and were the dominant team from minute one. You could argue that the Red Devils could have scored a few more goals, but it wouldn’t change our perception of Roberto Martínez’s side as the best team in Group B.
Belgium looked extremely potent even without Kevin De Bruyne, who could make a return today. He is reportedly back to training with the team, however, it’s still unclear whether he will feature in today’s match.
The same goes for Axel Witsel, who is no longer on Belgium’s injury list and could add a bit more quality to the Red Devils’ midfield. Granted, it’s not like Martínez’s men lacked quality there.
On a more negative note, Jan Vertonghen will likely miss the match, whereas Timothy Castagne is confirmed to watch the game from the sideline after he picked up an injury against Russia.
Denmark vs Belgium Betting Picks
Belgium have done well in their previous meetings with Denmark, and there’s nothing that would suggest that will change here. Although you could say that Dynamite are a far sturdier team than the Russians, we don’t believe the visitors should be priced as high as they are for this match.
Home advantage is definitely something to consider as it should help Denmark be more competitive against one of the main favourites to lift the trophy, but as we have learned, playing at home hasn’t dome much for teams at EURO 2020 – at least relative to what was expected.
Belgium should get the job done with or without Witsel and de Bruyne in the team. If either of the two features today, their chance to walk away with all three points will obviously be much greater.
Prediction: Belgium -0.50 Asian Handicap (same as Belgium to win) – 2.04 at Pinnacle
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