Euro Betting: Wales vs Denmark
Round of 16 | 26 June | Amsterdam
Their Euros So Far
Wales have done fantastically well, something that is becoming newly familiar over the past few international tournaments. A hard-fought draw with Switzerland, a professional 2-0 victory over Turkey that could have been bigger, followed by a brave and battling defeat to a talented Italy side. Wales all but qualified after the first two games, but even in defeat to Italy, they showed that they can compete with elite international sides as their tournament progresses.
For Denmark, Euro 2020 has been a truly dramatic story that as yet, remains unfinished. Their opening game with Nordic neighbours, Finland, was overshadowed by their talisman, Christian Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Upon the restart several hours later, the Danes did lose 1-0 and miss a penalty, but earlier events inevitably played a part.
Following that game, Denmark have dedicated all their efforts in tribute to their Captain and star player, with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Belgium – one of the tournament favourites – putting the pressure on for the final group game, the Dane’s clearly saved their best for last. A thumping 4-1 victory over Russia meant they scored enough goals to achieve second-place on goal difference, and automatically progress to the next round. Something that seemed quite unlikely after results and events in their first two games.
For the Dragons, Ben Davies, Chris Mepham, and Kieffer Moore will all likely return to the first team, with the trio being benched for the Italy defeat due to carrying yellow cards. Although, they will still have to err on the side of caution against Denmark, as yellow cards do not get wiped until after the quarter-finals.
Ethan Ampadu will miss the tie, following his seemingly harsh red card against the Italians, but they do have other defensive/midfield options to cover him, depending on the formation that Wales manager, Robert Page decides to go with.
For Denmark, their squad will obviously remain without Eriksen for the tournament, but other key players like Andreas Christensen and Yussuf Poulsen remain available and firing following their victory over Russia.
Most recently, Denmark twice overcame Wales in the Nations League in 2018. A 2-1 win was enough in the last game, with an 88th minute Martin Braithwaite goal putting the Danes 2-0 up, before Gareth Bale pulled one back just a minute later. The game before that was a 2-0 home win for the Scandinavians.
Prior to that, the last time they faced each other was a friendly in 2008, where Wales edged the game 1-0. Overall, Wales have won four games to Denmark’s six. There have been no draws between the sides.
So, will the Welsh continue their international awakening? Or will Denmark’s Euro 2020 story continue?