Wales will clash with Denmark on Sunday, June 26, at Johan Cruijff Arena in the opening EURO 2020 1/8 finals bout. It marks only the third time Wales made it to the second stage of an international tournament, having previously reached quarter-finals at EURO 1958 and semi-finals at the 2016 World Cup.
Wales vs Denmark
When: Sunday, June 26 – 18:00 CEST
Where: Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Weather: Intermittent Clouds, 22°C
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Denmark have completed a remarkable comeback after losing both of their EURO 2020 group openers with a 4-1 victory against Russia, which was good for a runner-up finish thanks to their +1 goal difference. Wales’s road to the last 16 was a similar story, with the Dragons edging out third-placed Switzerland with a +1 goal difference to -1.
This will mark the first meeting between Wales and Denmark since November 2018, when Denmark won 2-1, having previously won this head-to-head with 2-0 in September, the same year. Across their last five meetings (dating back to 1998), Wales won only twice (2-1 in 1998, 1-0 in 2008).
Wales Look Better Than Ever
Wales qualified for the last 16 at EURO 2020 via Group A, where they managed four points with a 1-1-1 record. Rob Page’s team started their EURO 2020 journey with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, added a 2-0 victory against struggling Turkey, and a narrow 0-1 loss to Italy.
Wales were in danger of finishing third but managed to edge out Switzerland thanks to a better goal difference (3-2, 4-5). Although a solid achievement, Wales were a bit lucky to finish that high, although much of it has to do with their minimal loss to Italy – who weren’t fielding their key players that day.
Still, Wales have been playing well, and it’s fair to say that the Dragons haven’t been performing this good in a while. Will they manage to keep their wheels spinning and edge out the hosts is anyone’s guess, but with the likes of Daniel James, Tyler Roberts, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies, and Gareth Bale in the team, they should feel confident about their chances.
On a more negative note, Sheffield United midfielder Ethan Ampadu won’t be able to help his side today. He has received a red card in Wales’ match against Italy and needs to serve his suspension.
Denmark Showing Their Quality
Denmark started their 2020 EURO journey with an unfortunate incident when Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack in a match against Finland. The Dynamite ended up losing that game 0-1 and added another heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Belgium.
Kasper Hjuland’s men responded to two games without a point in an awe-inspiring way, demolishing Russia 4-1 with a compelling performance that earned them a spot in the last 16. Denmark ended their EURO 2020 group campaign in second, tied with Finland and Russia at three points, but with a 5-4 goal difference – while Finland managed 1-3, and Russia 2-7.
Like Wales, Denmark field plenty of talent. With names such as Andreas Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, and Jannik Vestergaard, it’s hard not to look at Denmark as a very talented lineup. And let’s not forget the Danes have a handful of other players who are all with elite clubs in Atalanta, Barcelona, Valencia, Dortmund, Milan,…
Wales vs Denmark Betting Picks
As good as Wales have been throughout the tournament, they’re in for a tough match in Amsterdam. Facing a talented lineup as Denmark wouldn’t be an easy task no matter the venue, and it doesn’t help that this match is played in Amsterdam either.
Outside of their mishap in their game against Finland, Denmark were nothing short of phenomenal and deserved all the praise they can get. The Dynamite seem poised to make another deep run at EURO 2020 and while emulating their run from 1992 seems a bit far fetched, a quarter-finals appearance shouldn’t escape them.
Prediction: Denmark to win – 1.98 at Sportmarket
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