The world’s number one-ranked team Belgium travel to Denmark to begin their Nations League campaign this weekend. The Red Devils are bursting with talented players and the clear favourites to pick up the win.
Where and when: Telia Parken – 5 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Denmark vs. Belgium: Sky Sports
Last time: These countries haven’t faced each other since 2000, when they shared a 2-2 draw in Copenhagen, with legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel scoring from the penalty spot during the friendly.
Denmark v Belgium Predictions and Preview
This is a very tough game for Denmark, as they face the might of Belgium in their Nations League opener on Saturday. That said, the Red Devils are yet to match their lofty status with any silverware, so could the hosts upset the odds this weekend?
The chances of that are slim, although Danish Dynamite coach Kasper Hjulmand will hope his players can catch their visitors cold after more than nine months without international football. The Danes were on a fantastic 15-match unbeaten run before the coronavirus pandemic struck the world of football down, with that sequence involving double headers against the likes of Switzerland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
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Belgium to win to nil
Lukaku to score first
That was enough to secure Denmark’s automatic qualification for the postponed Euro 2020, with Belgium achieving the same with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 games. They were one of only two teams, alongside Italy, to manage that feat, scoring 40 goals and conceding only three in the process. That said, Russia were the only dangerous team in a group that also featured Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino.
Even so, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and Belgium have shown their professionalism in dispatching all comers since they threw away a 2-0 lead over Switzerland to crash out of the last Nations League via a 5-2 defeat back in November 2018. Roberto Martinez has named a strong squad for this match, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne all present and correct.
That helps Belgium start as the clear favourites on Saturday, and it would be a huge surprise if this game saw anything but an away win. The Red Devils are 7/8 to take the points, while Denmark are 15/4 and the draw is 14/5. With such a strong defensive record in their last 10 games, a Belgium win to nil could be great value 21/10.
One to watch for Denmark: Christian Eriksen has struggled to impress since swapping Tottenham for Inter Milan in January, but the Danish captain will be looking to put that behind him here. With rumours he’s available for a transfer out of the San Siro, Eriksen is 12/1 to prove his doubters wrong with the opener here.
One to watch for Belgium: Belgium’s skipper has also struggled for form since a big move last season, with Eden Hazard yet to find his feet at Real Madrid. There’s no doubt he’s among the world’s best on his day though, with the former Chelsea man available at 11/2 to break the deadlock this weekend.
Long shot: These teams drew 2-2 the last time they met, even if that was 20 years ago. Belgium have been strong at the back in their most recent games, but haven’t played for more than nine months so that form goes out of the window somewhat. If Denmark can catch their visitors cold early on then another 2-2 draw could be on the cards. It’s priced at 12/1, rising to 181/1 if you add Eriksen as the first scorer.