Wales vs Denmark Euro 2020 Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips
- A return of four points saw Wales finish as runners-up in Group A
- Denmark finished second in Group B despite losing two games
- Denmark will take the game to Wales and that could produce an entertaining match
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Wales vs Denmark Odds
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|Both Teams to Score||Odds|
Wales vs Denmark Pick
This match might ordinarily have been cagey, but the Denmark team has adopted a nothing-to-lose mentality and will play proactive, front-foot soccer here. Wales possesses pace on the counter-attack, so goals at both ends look like an astute selection.
|Back both teams to score in the first of Euro 2020’s knockout games.|
How to Watch Wales vs Denmark
|Wales vs Denmark Information|
|Teams||Wales vs Denmark|
|Location||Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Time||Saturday, 26 June 2021, 15.00 PM EDT|
|How to watch||ESPN|
Denmark Doing It for Eriksen After Emotional Group Stage
The last two weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for Denmark – the country, not just the national soccer team. The cardiac arrest suffered by Christian Eriksen in the first half of their opening game against Finland left everyone who witnessed it in shock. It is no surprise in the circumstances that Denmark ultimately succumbed to a 1-0 loss when the game controversially resumed after a 90-minute pause.
Having been resuscitated on the side of the pitch by the medical team, Eriksen was recovering in hospital when Denmark faced Belgium in their second match. The Danes came roaring out of the traps in Copenhagen and were superb in the first half. But they could not hold onto their 1-0 lead, and Belgium’s superior individual quality made the difference. A 2-1 defeat left Denmark without a point going into the concluding round of games in Group B.
Thankfully, though, Kasper Hjulmand’s side were still able to finish in the top two; victory over Russia, together with a Belgium win against Finland, would be sufficient. And that is exactly how it played out, despite Russia being the more threatening side in the opening half an hour in Copenhagen. Mikkel Damsgaard gave Denmark the lead just before half-time before the de facto home team ran riot after the break.
Denmark played with great energy and intensity against both Belgium and Russia, and they look set to continue that approach for as long as they are in the tournament. Eriksen is a huge miss, of course, but Damsgaard, Martin Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen have each excelled in the front three; Thomas Delaney and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have set the tempo in midfield; and the back three of Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen and Jannik Vestergaard has performed well too.
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Wales Have Pace on the Break and Will Look to Exploit Space
Wales were underwhelming in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their maiden outing of Euro 2020, and they lost 1-0 to an under-strength Italy in their final group stage encounter. The key game from a Welsh perspective came against Turkey, when Rob Page’s side were brilliant in a 2-0 win that ultimately secured their passage to the round of 16.
Wales were the surprise package of Euro 2016, when they upset the odds to reach the semi-finals in their first-ever appearance at the European Championship. The team has gone through some major changes since then, but Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale are still integral and Wales’ hope of a successful result on Saturday depends largely on how well their star men perform.
Ramsey and particularly Bale were excellent against Turkey. The latter frequently dropped into deeper positions and played a creator role than we are not used to seeing from him. Bale did it superbly, fashioning no fewer than seven chances during the match, and Ramsey continually typically well-timed runs in behind the opposition backline.
Wales were happy to play on the break against Turkey, defending stoutly before looking to release Bale, Ramsey or Daniel James on the counter-attack. Kieffer Moore, while not the most mobile, is a good target man who will serve as an outlet for Wales against Denmark, with runners breaking beyond him. This type of approach looks like the best way for Page’s side to emerge victorious at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
This Game Could Go either Way but Goals Seem Likely
Denmark came into this tournament hoping to make the knockout phase. They were tipped by some as potential dark horses, not least because finishing second in Group B was never going to see them paired with a group winner in the last 16. In ordinary circumstances, they might be feeling a bit of pressure right now.
But the Eriksen incident has changed the dynamic completely. Denmark are now playing as if they have nothing to lose, and that mentality will influence the type of match that the two teams serve up this weekend.
Knockout ties like this can sometimes be cagey, since defeat brings the end of a nation’s participation in the competition. Yet Denmark will not be content to sit back and await their fate. They will continue to play bold soccer, even though they will not be roared on by thousands of Danish fans inside the stadium as they were throughout the group phase.
Wales look well placed to take advantage of any defensive mishaps from the Danes, who have conceded in each of their three games so far. With Bale at the fore, Wales can be potent on the counter-attack – as they demonstrated in that fantastic display against Turkey. For those reasons, back both teams to score in the first knockout game of Euro 2020.