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Prediction: England vs Denmark

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 13 Oct 2020

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Verdict: England win and under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to extend on their unbeaten run in this year’s Nations League, England will welcome Denmark to an empty Wembley on Wednesday night.

England

Starting with the hosts, while a lacklustre first-half display at Wembley over the weekend might have left many disappointed, England really mounted what was an impressive comeback against heavyweight opposition. Coming from 1-0 down and landing a 2-1 victory against FIFA world number one’s Belgium in the capital on Sunday, Gareth Southgate’s men have found a route to top spot and appear to have put their sluggish start to proceedings behind them. Having to settle for a 0-0 stalemate when they made the trip across Europe to Denmark last month, the Three Lions have now landed back-to-back wins, including a thumping 3-0 romp against British rivals Wales in a friendly showdown at Wembley last week. Desperate to go further than they managed in the inaugural tournament two years ago after landing a bronze medal finish, Southgate could be calling on Marcus Rashford to lead their charge on Wednesday. With England now in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run across all formats and collecting six wins on their recent purple patch, the Manchester United star has recorded four goals in his last six contests while away on international duty.

Team News

Still struggling with muscle fatigue, there remain questions over whether Harry Kane can start on Wednesday meaning that Dominic Calver-Lewin could be given another chance in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI.

Elsewhere, England have confirmed that both Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier have withdrawn from the squad.

Denmark

As for the visitors, while Denmark might have opened this year’s tournament with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Belgium last month, they have certainly bounced back in some style. Along with picking up a 4-0 romp against the Faroe Islands in a friendly contest last week, Kasper Hjulmand’s men also breezed past Iceland on Nations League duties over the weekend as they secured a routine 3-0 win on foreign soil. More than deserving of their point when they played host to the Three Lions last month, the Reds find themselves in the midst of a remarkable run of form that has seen them lose just one of their previous 19 matchups across all competitions, a run that stems back to a friendly defeat against Slovakia back in September 2018. Proving to be a stern test for any of Europe’s elite, there is no doubt that Hjulmand will be most impressed by his side’s continued resolve at the back. Recording another clean sheet away in Iceland over the weekend, Denmark have recorded three clean sheets on the bounce and might be confident of causing a real upset in midweek.

Team News

Expected to make few changes as they travel to Wembley on Wednesday, both Martin Braithwaite and Christian Eriksen are expected to start in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Landing a 2-1 win against Belgium last time out, England are unbeaten in their last seven matchups across all formats, recording six wins.
  • Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in his last six appearances while away on international duty.
  • Denmark have lost just one of their last 19 matchups across all competitions, a run that stems back to September 2018.
  • Wednesday’s guests have also recorded three clean sheets on the bounce.
  • When the two nations faced off in Denmark last month, they played out a 0-0 draw.

Conclusion

While England might not have been at their best against Belgium over the weekend, they did manage to come away with an eye-catching 2-1 win against the world number one’s and will be hoping to get some revenge on the Danes in midweek. While we do expect the Three Lions to come away with all three points and continue on their Nations League unbeaten run, chances could come at a real premium on Wednesday night at Wembley. With Denmark landing a thumping victory away in Iceland over the weekend, they have now recorded three clean sheets on the spin and have a reputation for their rugged displays at the back. With England picking up a 1-0 win the last time Denmark came to town, we’re backing a similar outcome in midweek.

Verdict: England win and under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 11/8

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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