England vs Denmark Betting Tips: Euro 2020 – 07.07.2021
Last updated: July 5, 2021 by Leon Marshal
The Danish team already have a worthy place in football folklore, earning a trip into the Three Lion’s den as they try to repeat their 1992 heroics by winning the European Championship. England is dreaming of a first-ever European trophy. The odds lie in favour of the Three Lions, who have waited fifty-five years for a major trophy but have to shake off a determined Denmark side.
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England fans are likely to be going through a wide range of emotions at the moment, confident one moment, smiling as they remember the win against Germany and the destruction of Ukraine. Then nervous the next, the loss against Iceland five years ago, still fresh in minds. However, there is no doubt they have the quality to win this one; it’s whether they have the mentality to get past the dangerous Danes.
|Last Meeting:||Eng 0 – 1 Den|
|Competition:||UEFA Euro 2020|
The semi-finals and the finals will be played in Wembley, which raises the prospect for optimism that this could be the opportunity to bring it home. The Three Lions qualified for the Euro 2020 semi-finals in style, convincingly thumping Ukraine 4 – 0 in Rome to book a place in the last four. Captain Harry Kane scored twice; Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also got on the scoresheet.
Luke Shaw was the standout star in the game against Ukraine with two assists in the game to take his tally to three assists in two games. England has now kept seven consecutive clean sheets in all competitions (five in the Euros) and is yet to concede a single goal in the tournament.
Harry Kane’s confidence is now fully restored, heading into a crucial encounter after failing to score in the group stage. The 2018 World Cup top scorer has scored three goals in the last two games and is just two short in the race for another Golden boot. He has been involved in twenty-seven (eighteen goals, nine assists) in the last twenty-six games.
Raheem Sterling is the perfect partner-in-crime for Kane in many ways. When Kane was struggling, he scored both of England’s goals in the group stage and opened the scoring in their round-of-sixteen triumph against Germany. The Manchester City maestro has been involved in twenty-two goals in twenty-one games. In addition, Sterling has provided Kane with six assists more than any other player has assisted another in the 21st century. He is now third for tournament goals for England, behind Alan Shearer (nine) and Gary Lineker (ten).
No matter what happens in the rest of the tournament, a highlight for Euro 2020 that will live forever for England fans is that Gareth Southgate’s side beat Germany for the first time in fifty-five years in a major knockout tie. Although England performances in the group stage were not dominant, they are proving tough opposition to beat. England has reached the semi-final stages in their last two tournaments and is just ninety minutes away from going one better. The three Lions have played in more games (thirty-six) in the Euro without making it to the finals than any other nation. They have a glorious chance to change that on home turf. An emotional and impressive campaign for Denmark has seen them beat all the odds to make it to the semi-final. A side going from strength to strength after losing their first two games, the Danes have won the last three 4 – 1, 4 – 0, and 2 – 1.
It has been three decades since Denmark surprised the world to win the 1992 edition of the European championship, where they were included at the last minute and could repeat the same remarkable fate here. An inspirational first-half performance that yielded two goals was enough to send Denmark to the knockout stages in their last game. Kasper Dolberg netted his third goal of the tournament, doubling his side’s lead after Thomas Delaney had scored the fifth-minute opener. However, Czech pulled one back to 2 – 1 when the tournaments break out star and top scorer Patrick Shick fired his fifth goal of the competition.
The Danes have scored eleven goals at the Euro, which is their best return in a single tournament, surpassing the 1986 World Cup, where they netted ten. A lethal attack anchored by an experienced backline has been the backbone of Kasper Hjulmand’s team success.
Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer, and Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard have formed a formidable defensive line. Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojberg, who has three assists, provides the cover alongside experienced Delaney, who plies his trade in Borussia Dortmund. All this experience and confidence in each other gives Barcelona’s striker Martin Braithwaite and breakout star Dolberg a chance to express themselves going forward.
The talent in the Denmark squad makes you wonder if you are looking at their golden generation. They have the ability to frustrate the big guns, having gone through Wales and the Czech Republic to get here. Moreover, they have the historical advantage against England, losing just once, winning twice and drawing three times against them in the last six competitive meetings. Denmark is also the more experienced at this stage as they will be playing in their fourth semi-final appearance (1964, 1984, 1992) in the Euros, winning the 1992 edition.
Henderson is the only injury for England; Southgate has all his outfield players available for selection.
Sancho impressed in the win against Ukraine, but a Saka return wouldn’t surprise.
Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass featured in the Danes last game from the bench. They could be pressing for a start here.
Denmark will be playing in their fourth semi-final appearance (1964, 1984, 1992) in the Euros, winning the 1992 edition.
|England (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Phillips, Mount, Sancho, Kane, Sterling|
|Subs:||Johnstone, White, Godfrey, James, Stones, Watkins, Calvert-Lewin, Saka, Coady, Trippier, Rashford, Henderson, Chilwell|
|Denmark (4-2-3-1):||Schmeichel, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Christensen, Larsen, Maehle, Delaney, Hojbjerg, Damsgaard, Braithwaite, Dolberg|
|Subs:||Andersen, Skov, Olsen, Jorgensen, Norgaard, Loosi, Wass, Wind, Poulsen, Cornelius, Ronnow, Jensen|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
England’s formation change allowed a more adventurous team to run riot against Ukraine; it will be interesting to see how Southgate lines up in this one. But, of course, he’ll know the threat on the counter, and a back five wouldn’t be a total surprise. Southgate knows that Denmark won the last time the teams met; complacency wouldn’t be an issue.
Denmark has been just about everyone’s second team in this tournament, and no doubt the neutrals will be cheering the team on. They have already made history, qualifying after losing their first two games, and the team spirit is incredible. We doubt anyone expects less than 100% effort from the Danes in this game.
We are wary of the Danish threat; however, England will never have a better opportunity to win a European trophy finally, and the Wembley factor will play a big part. A tight game seems certain. Therefore we are going for a 2-0 win for England that is available at 13/2.