Denmark stunned Russia by 4-1 to earn second place in Group B and will face Wales in the Round of 16. The Dragons reach the knockout stage of the competition for a second consecutive time, but have lost both of their last two meetings against the Danes.
Where and when: Johan Cruyff Arena – 26 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Wales vs. Denmark: TBC
Last time: Denmark defeated Wales twice when the two countries shared the same Nations League group back in 2018. Christian Ericksen’s brace secured a 2-0 win in Copenhagen, while a 2-1 triumph at Cardiff City Stadium followed.
Wales v Denmark Predictions and Preview
No team has gone through as many ups and downs as Denmark since the start of Euro 2020. The Christian Eriksen scare in their opening game against Finland shocked the world, while his recovery strengthened the bond between players and fans even further.
The 1-0 defeat against Finland can hardly be taken under consideration, while the display against Belgium in the 2-1 loss gave plenty of reasons for optimism. Nevertheless, with zero points before their final Group B game, Denmark needed something extraordinary to finish second and their 4-1 victory against Russia was exactly that.
Kasper Hjulmand’s men outplayed the Russians for the majority of the game and sent Parken into delirium. 20-year-old Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard broke the deadlock and shined in midfield, while Yussuf Poulsen put in another impressive display up top and scored in a second consecutive game.
In defense Andreas Christensen tuned his fine performance with one of the goals of the tournament and his thunderous strike allowed Denmark to surpass Finland and take the second place.
Despite losing Eriksen for the tournament in their first game, Denmark are the team who attempted the most shots (61) after the group stage. Hjulmand will undoubtedly hope that his side will continue this trend and will manage enough chances against Wales, although this time the game will not be played in Copenhagen.
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Under 2.5 goals
Denmark to win
Denmark to win 1-0
Wales, meanwhile, turned an unspectacular, but disciplined performance that saw them lose to Italy by 1-0. Robert Page was well aware that this result would be enough for his side to finish second in Group A, after earning four points from their first two games.
The Dragons faced Italy with the thought to defend and they did that admirably well, conceding only after a Matteo Pessina flick from Marco Verratti’s free-kick cross.
Ethan Ampadu saw a straight red and will miss the Denmark clash, while towering striker Kieffer Moore is expected to start, after coming from the bench against the Italians.
Wales’ 2-0 win against Turkey showed that Page’s side can be very dangerous when counter-attacking, so they should stick with that approach against Denmark. Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale seem to find each other even when their eyes are closed, so their partnership remains the Dragons’ main attacking weapon.
One to watch for Wales: Gareth Bale should’ve done better against Italy, when he skied his volley from six yards out in the second half. Nevertheless, with 33 strikes in 95 appearances he is the top goalscorer for his country, so backing him up to break the deadlock against Denmark might be a good choice.
One to watch for Denmark: Yussuf Poulsen has been in fine form at the Euro, as he scored against both Belgium and Russia. The RB Leipzig forward will be the main threat for Wales on Saturday and placing a bet on him to score the opener seems like a descent option.
Long shot: Despite their slow start, Denmark create plenty of chances and are always dangerous going forward. However, Wales are expected to be ultra defensive, while Kasper Hjulmand’s men will not have the home advantage this time and might be a bit more conservative. All this suggests, a low-scoring affair, so if you are looking for big odds you can back Denmark to win by 1-0 at 4/1 with William Hill.