Euro Betting: Denmark vs Finland,12 June
Group Stage | Group B | Copenhagen
The third game of the Euros is the opening game of Group B, with Denmark taking on Finland in a Scandinavian stand-off! The so-called lesser lights of the group, with Belgium and Russia making up the other half, both sides will be desperate to take maximum points here in the hope of relieving pressure and giving them more than a fighting chance of reaching the knock-out stages.
In terms of qualifying, Denmark finished undefeated and 2nd in group D, and just a point behind winners Switzerland. Along the way, they also notched up high scoring 5 and 6-goal victories against Georgia and Gibraltar, and a hard-fought victory over the Swiss. But for 4 draws, they may have topped the group.
Finland also finished second in their qualifying group, 12 points behind giants, Italy. Despite the large gulf in points, Finland did finish a comfortable 4 points ahead of 3rd placed Greece. Along the way, they showed a good defensive record with a series of clean-sheets to match some key victories.
Squads & Line-ups
For the Danes, we can expect a number of established Premier League players such Leicester’s Schmeichel, Chelsea’s Christensen, Vestergard from Southampton, and of course, the impressive Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Tottenham. However, if Denmark are to be successful at the Euros, the midfield orchestration of Inter’s Christian Eriksen will be vital.
For Finland, there have been a number of minor injuries, illnesses, and circumstances leading to several interim changes for their provisional squad. Joel Pohjanpalo,Glen Kamara and Leo Vaisanen are all expected to make the final squad once they have recovered, and Brentford’s Marcus Forss will join the squad following the Championship Play-off final.
The talisman they’ll be looking to for debut-Euro success however, will be Teemu Pukki of Norwich. The Finnish ‘athlete of the year’ has been in outstanding scoring form in domestic football for the past two seasons, and his goals have helped Norwich get promoted to the Premier League next season.
If you’re Finnish, look away now! The Danes have an excellent record against Finland, losing only once in the last 22 games. And even more, Finland have not won in Copenhagen itself since 1949. The last game between the two sides there was a 1-1 draw back in 2003.
Denmark had the ultimate success in this competition back in 1992, when they won the tournament and defeated Germany in a huge underdog victory. Since then, progress has been middling to none, and 2020 will be their ninth Euros appearance, but the first since 2012. The Danes will be hoping to harness some magic from their past.
For the Fins, Euro 2020 will be their debut on the European Championship stage. The success of the national team achieving Euro qualification cannot be overstated, and probably makes this the most exciting and successful Finland national team there has ever been.
To paraphrase Finland’s coach, Markku Kanerva, the new boys will be hoping to get one over on their Nordic ‘naughty neighbours!’