Thursday, July 25, 2024

Prediction: Denmark vs Serbia

Verdict: Denmark win

Best Odds: 6/5

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Looking to officially punch their EURO 24 knockout stage ticket on Tuesday night, Denmark will meet Serbia at the Allianz Arena.

Denmark

Starting with Denmark, while Kasper Hjulmand’s men might have failed to collect a victory from any of their opening two EURO 24 appearances this summer, the Danes are sat in the driving seat to punch a knockout stage ticket. Although the Reds might have eventually been forced to settle for a 1-1 stalemate against pre-tournament favourites England, they caused the European giants a string of issues and were unfortunate to have not left Frankfurt with maximum points. Signing off their pre-EURO 24 preparations with a routine 3-1 victory against historic rivals Norway, Denmark have suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous 14 appearances across all competitions. Likewise, landing a 3-0 romp when they last met Serbia back in March 2022, Hjulmand’s side will be desperate for a repeat performance on Tuesday night.

Team News

Putting in a dominant performance against England last week, Hjulmand could be tempted to name the same starting XI on Tuesday night. Bagging a sensational strike against the Three Lions in Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon star Morten Hjulmand will partner skipper Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the heart of Denmark’s midfield here.

Notching 10 Premier League strikes on his maiden campaign with Manchester United last season, attacking talisman Rasmus Hojlund will spearhead Denmark’s charge in midweek. Bagging an opening weekend strike against Slovenia, Man United teammate Christian Eriksen will will join Hojlund in the final third.

Serbia

As for Serbia, while Dragan Stojkovic’s men might have signed off their pre-tournament preparations with a thumping 3-0 win against Sweden, the Eagles have drastically struggled to find any real stability this summer. Opening their EURO 24 campaign with a close-fought 1-0 defeat at the hands of England, they are seeking a minor miracle in the race to secure a knockout stage ticket. Missing out on what was billed as a golden opportunity last week as they eventually had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate against Slovenia, Serbia have struggled with their consistency over the past 12 months. In fact, Stojkovic’s side have recorded just a pair of victories from any of their previous eight appearances across all competitions. Hit with that 3-0 drumming when they last met Denmark back in March 2022, the Eagles should have another real challenge on their hands here.

Team News

Coming off the bench and bagging a sensational last-gasp equaliser against Slovenia last week, AC Milan striker Luka Jovic could be handed a first EURO 24 start here. Struggling to find any kind of stability this summer and yet to open his European Championship account, Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic could be dropped to the bench.

Dealing with a knock that he picked up against England on the opening weekend, 31-year-old Filip Kostic is not expected to feature on Tuesday night. Controversially left out against Slovenia last week, former Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be handed a full recall here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Denmark and Serbia last met back in March 2022, the Danes collected a 3-0 romp in Copenhagen.
    • Likewise, Denmark have won all of their three historic meetings against the Eagles by an aggregate score of 8-1.
    • Serbia have collected just a pair of wins from any of their previous eight appearances across all competitions.
    • Denmark have suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous 14 consecutive matchups across all formats.
    • Serbia have notched more than a single goal in just one of their previous six appearances across all competitions.

    Conclusion

    While Denmark might have been disappointed last week as they eventually had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate against England, the Danes certainly gained plenty of plaudits. Sat in the driving seat to follow the Three Lions out of Group C on Tuesday night, Hjulmand’s camp should be smelling a potential opportunity here. Storming their way to a routine 3-0 victory when they last met Serbia back in March 2022, they have won all of their three historic battles against the Eagles by an aggregate score of 8-1.

    Verdict: Denmark win

    Best Odds: 6/5

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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