Friday, July 23, 2021

Prediction: Denmark vs Belgium

Verdict: Belgium win

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to clear their heads after the worrying scenes over the weekend, Denmark will welcome Belgium to Copenhagen for their second Group B meeting on Tuesday evening.

Denmark

Starting with the hosts, while Denmark might have opened Saturday’s contest against Finland confident of landing their first Group B victory, it really became a nightmare for Kasper Hjulmand’s side. Watching their talisman Christian Eriksen go into cardiac arrest and require urgent treatment, the match in Copenhagen was briefly postponed following distressing scenes pitchside. Controversially finishing their opening matchup after returning to the pitch later in the day, Denmark were eventually hit with a 1-0 loss on home soil with their heads undoubtedly not fully focused. However, with the Inter Milan midfielder putting out a public message to show that he is on the road to recovery, The Reds will be desperate to turn their attention back to on-field duties. Despite their Group B defeat over the weekend, The Danes had really impressed heading into this summer’s delayed European Championships. Including a 4-0 win against Serbia in March’s World Cup qualifiers, their controversial defeat on Saturday was just their second loss in their previous 13 matchups across all formats.

Team News

After going into cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Group B opener over the weekend, Christian Eriksen remains in a stable condition in hospital and will likely be replaced by Brentford’s Mathias Jensen.

Aside from their attacking talisman, Denmark have no other injury or suspensions to worry about.

Belgium

As for the visitors, managing to sign off their pre-tournament preparations with a 1-0 win against fellow finalists Croatia earlier in the month, Belgium really laid down a marker in their Group B opener. Putting in what quickly turned into a rampant display on foreign soil, Roberto Martinez’s side landed themselves a thumping 3-0 win against Russia and the mood in their camp should be at a real high. With many once again tipping The Red Devils as one of the standout picks this summer, the one-time Wigan boss should also be boosted by his side’s most recent meeting against Thursday’s hosts. Picking up a 4-2 win when they last faced off against The Danes in the Nations League seven months ago, Belgium also have one attacking talisman who finds himself enjoying a real purple patch. Only continuing to break records while on international duties, Romelu Lukaku opened up his campaign with a pair of goals against Russia last week and remains lined with a potential blockbuster move back to the Premier League this summer.

Team News

After suffering a facial injury in last month’s Champions League final, Kevin De Bruyne could return to Belgium’s squad this weekend and feature off the bench.

However, suffering his own head injury last weekend, Leicester defender Timothy Castagne will not feature again in this summer’s tournament.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in the Nations League seven months ago, Belgium picked up a 4-2 win.
    • Romelu Lukaku opened his Group B campaign with a pair of goals against Russia last week.
    • Denmark’s controversial 1-0 loss against Finland last week was just their second defeat in their previous 13 matchups.
    • Only one of The Danes’ last 11 straight home fixtures have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Belgium have lost just one of their last 24 matchups across all formats.

    Conclusion

    With the Denmark team likely to still be feeling the effects after those horrific scenes in Copenhagen last weekend, this summer’s European Championships have rightfully taken a back seat in Kasper Hjulmand’s camp. Eventually hit with a 1-0 loss after controversially seeing out the remainder of Saturday’s Group B opener against Finland, The Danes certainly face a stern on-field test in midweek. Opening up their campaign with a thumping 3-0 win against Russia on foreign soil, Belgium really laid down what was a clinical marker. Spearheaded by the free-scoring Romelu Lukaku who opened his own account with a pair of goals in Saint Petersburg, The Red Devils should also be boosted by their most recent meeting against Thursday’s hosts. Landing a 4-2 victory seven months ago, we’re backing a similar away victory this week.

    Verdict: Belgium win

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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