Verdict: England win
Best Odds: 8/11
In what should be an electric night at Wembley, England will welcome an inspired Denmark to the capital with a spot in the final of this summer’s European Championships up for grabs.
Starting with the hosts, although England might have failed to lay down much of a marker in their three Group D contests last month, The Three Lions have found their feet at a crucial time. Still boosted by that famous 2-0 win against arch-rivals Germany on home soil, Gareth Southgate’s side eventually breezed their way past Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend. Making the trip to Rome and claiming a thumping 4-0 win, it is no surprise that England are tipped as a leading pick to lift their first international title since 1966. With the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, Southgate will undoubtedly be excited by his side’s continued displays at back. Along with Harry Kane finding his feet and bagging three goals in back-to-back appearances, Wednesday’s hosts are yet to concede a single goal this summer and they have now gone over 650 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net.
After missing England’s 4-0 win out in Rome last weekend, Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka has recovered from a minor injury issue and has been given the green light to be involved on Wednesday night.
With the trio of Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips all avoiding a booking against Ukraine, all of their yellow cards have been written off.
As for the visitors, while Denmark might have opened this summer’s delayed European Championships with those distressing scenes surrounding Christian Eriksen, The Reds have bounced back in what has been a remarkable fashion. Suffering that controversial 1-0 loss against Finland in their Group B opener last month and also throwing away the lead in a 2-1 defeat against Belgium, The Danes needed a minor miracle to even scrape their way to the knockout stage. Eventually landing an action-packed 4-1 romp against Russia and sneaking their way out of Group B with just three points, they now find themselves in the midst of a real fairytale story. Coming past the Czech Republic thanks to a 2-1 victory last weekend in their round of 16 showdown, Denmark should also be boosted by their recent record against Wednesday’s opponents. Landing a 1-0 victory when they made the trip to Wembley in the Nations League last year, Kasper Hjulmand’s side have collected four points from their last two meetings against England.
Yussuf Poulsen looks set to once again settle for a spot on the bench as Kasper Dolberg is expected to lead Denmark’s charge at Wembley.
Overcoming a minor knock, skipper and defensive talisman Simon Kjaer will start on Wednesday night.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two nations last faced off back in October, Denmark picked up a shock 1-0 victory at Wembley.
- The Three Lions are the only side at this summer’s tournament who are yet to concede a single goal.
- In fact, England have now gone over 650 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net.
- Denmark have won each of their last three contests on the bounce, recording 10 goals.
- However, when Wednesday’s opponents faced off in the Nations League last year, they only managed to muster a single goal in either of those contests.
While Denmark might have only continued on a real fairytale after Christian Eriksen’s devastating scenes last month, their emotionally charged squad know that they face a stern test on Wednesday night. Despite picking up that 1-0 victory when they last faced off against England back in October, The Three Lions have really managed to find their feet at a crucial time. Spearheaded by the red-hot Harry Kane and only continuing to gain a reputation for their rugged performances at the back, Gareth Southgate’s side rightfully open their semi-final showdown as a favourite with the bookmakers. While we aren’t expecting a free-scoring display at Wembley, we’re backing England to extend on their European adventure on home soil.
Verdict: England win
Best Odds: 8/11
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