Euro Betting: Czech Republic vs Denmark
Euro Quarter-Finals | July 3 | Baku
Their Euros So Far
Although the Czechs only progressed from the Euro group stage as one of the best third placed teams in the tournament, there has been flashes of brilliance throughout. It started with their 2-0 victory over Scotland when forward Patrik Schick scored arguably the goal of the tournament, with a 49 yard strike. It was then buffed by a narrow non-event loss to England, and now it continues after a brilliant shock win over Netherlands in the last 16.
Once again, Schick was central to their success, putting Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt under pressure and forcing him into a game changing handball and red card punishment, then scoring his fourth goal of the tournament so far, as the Czech’s ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Not many people saw that coming, so they certainly won’t be overlooked in the quarter-finals against Denmark.
For the Danes, their Euro story so far is one of remarkable resilience and determination. It started with an enormous opening game setback, when their captain and talisman Christian Eriksen suffered a mid-game cardiac arrest. The game was suspended for several hours, and upon the restart Denmark ended up losing. A mere triviality compared to the concern and support they had for their stricken teammate.
They then went on to lose against Belgium, meaning a big bounce-back was required for the final game against Russia. They did so with aplomb, winning 4-1 so they were able to progress in second place on goal difference.
Kasper Hjulmand’s side then went one better in the round of 16, destroying Wales 4-0 to help them reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. An amazing turnaround given events in their opening game.
So, two ‘unexpected’ sides with the wind in their sails, where will the wind blow for this quarter-final?
Euro Squad News
Both teams are optimistic about having full strength line-ups available for their encounter. For Czech Republic, their deadly duo from the Netherlands win, Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick, are both available for selection. There are also no suspension concerns.
For Denmark, whilst there have been injuries, the outlook is promising. Simon Kjaer, Denmark’s defensive rock is expected to recover from a knock, and Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass are on track too.
There has been 11 contests between the nations, with a pretty even split of three Czech victories to Denmark’s two. The most recent match was one of the six draws between the two, a 1-1 2016 friendly with Antonin Barak and Nicolai Jorgensen the scorers. Barak remains a key player for Czech Republic at this tournament.
Before that, there were also two 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with a 0-0 draw in Denmark, followed by a 3-0 Denmark victory on Czech soil.
The only Euro encounters between the sides came in the early noughties. Vladimir Smicer scored a brace in a 2-0 Czech win at Euro 2000, whilst Milan Baros scored his own double in a 3-0 win at Euro 2004.
Could red-hot Schick get his own two-goal haul against Denmark to add to the Czech collection? Or will Denmark’s remarkable Euro story continue?