Sunday, August 1, 2021

Prediction: Wales vs Denmark

Verdict: Denmark win

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

With a spot in the quarter-finals of this summer’s European Championships up for grabs this weekend, Wales and Denmark will face off in Amsterdam on Saturday evening.

Wales

Starting with Wales, while caretaker boss Robert Page might have seen his side suffer that 1-0 defeat away at a high-flying Italy last weekend, The Dragons once again impressed on foreign soil. With no nation at this summer’s tournament having to travel further than the British outfit, they did manage to secure their spot out of Group A with a second-place finish. Boosted by that lively 2-0 win against a struggling Turkey in Baku on June 16th and muster themselves four points, the mood in Wales’ camp should be at a real high. Although their temporary boss might have seen his side land just a single win from their last five matchups across all formats, The Reds have gained a reputation for their rugged approach and have their sights set on making more European Championship history. Stunning many across the continent as they secured a famous semi-final spot out in France five years ago, the Welsh will be hoping for Kieffer Moore to lead their charge this weekend. Finding the net against Switzerland in Wales’ opening contest, the Cardiff City man has recorded 24 goals for club and country this season.

Team News

Shown that controversial red card against Italy last weekend, Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu will miss out on Saturday evening due to suspension.

After settling for a place on the bench against the Italians last week, the likes of Kieffer Moore, Joe Rodon and Ben Davies are set to make their return in Amsterdam.

Denmark

As for Denmark, after watching teammate Christian Eriksen go into cardiac arrest in their opening Group B contest against Finland a fortnight ago, Kasper Hjulmand’s side have only continued to show their remarkable resolve as a squad. Despite suffering that controversial 1-0 defeat against The Eagle-owls and also throwing away the lead against Belgium last week, the one-time European champions put in a stunning display last time out. Knowing that they needed a victory against Russia on home soil in what was an emotionally charged night in Copenhagen, Denmark eventually romped their way to a stunning 4-1 victory and managed to snatch second-spot in Group B. Knowing that they will have a heavy support from across Europe when they travel to Amsterdam this weekend, The Danes should also be boosted by their most recent meetings against Saturday’s opponents. Landing themselves a 2-1 victory when the two nations last faced off in the Nations League back in 2018, Denmark have collected back-to-back wins against Wales and will be confident of extending on that record this week.

Team News

With no fresh injuries or suspension to worry about on Saturday evening, Denmark are likely to go with the same starting XI who picked up that thumping 4-1 win against Russia last time out.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 2-1 win when the two nations last faced off back in 2018, Denmark have collected back-to-back wins against Wales.
    • The Danes have seen seven of their last eight competitive matchups finish with over 2.5 goals by the final whistle.
    • Wales striker Kieffer Moore has recorded 24 goals for club and country this season, including a goal against Switzerland in their opening Group A matchup.
    • Five of the last seven meetings between Wales and Denmark have seen under 2.5 goals.
    • Wales have recorded more than a single goal in just one of their previous eight matchups across all formats.

    Conclusion

    While Wales might have managed to claw their way out of Group A last week, The Dragons could face another stern test when they travel to Amsterdam on Saturday evening. Failing to bag more than a single goal in seven of their last eight matchups across all formats, Denmark will be confident of extending on what has the potential to be a real fairytale summer for the former European champions. Bagging themselves that stunning 4-1 romp against Russia on an emotional night in Copenhagen, The Danes should also be boosted by their most recent meetings against this weekend’s opponents. Landing a 2-1 win when they last faced off against Wales back in 2018, we’re backing Kasper Hjulmand’s side to extend on their adventure in Holland.

    Verdict: Denmark win

    Best Odds: 10/11

    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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