UEFA EURO 2020 – Denmark vs Belgium Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Denmark vs Belgium kick off? Thursday 17th June, 2021 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Denmark vs Belgium being played? Parken, Copenhagen

Where can I get tickets for Denmark vs Belgium? Click here for the latest ticket information

What TV channel is Denmark vs Belgium on in the UK? ITV

Where can I stream Denmark vs Belgium in the UK? This match can be streamed live on the ITV Hub

HEAD-TO-HEAD

All matches: Denmark 6 wins, Belgium 6 wins, 3 draws

Last meeting: Belgium 4-2 Denmark (18/11/20)

THE LOWDOWN

DENMARK

  • Denmark’s opening match of EURO 2020 against Finland paled into insignificance following the collapse of midfielder Christian Eriksen in the first half, which led to him needing emergency treatment including CPR on the pitch with the match indefinitely suspended at 0-0.
  • Following the news that Eriksen was awake and that his condition had been stabilised, the game resumed later on in the day, however the Danish players were understandably not at their usual high levels and Finland emerged 0-1 winners following a goal on the hour mark, whilst Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw a penalty brilliantly saved later on in the second half.
  • Brentford midfielder Mathias Jensen took Eriksen’s place in such difficult circumstances and he is likely to start in a three-pronged Denmark central midfield against Belgium, whilst winger Robert Skov faces a race against time to be fit after missing out against Finland through injury.

BELGIUM

  • Belgium got their Group B campaign off to the ideal start with a comfortable 0-3 victory over Russia in Saint Petersburg, a match in which they were rarely troubled and further justified their standing as one of the favourites to win EURO 2020.
  • The Red Devils’ all-time record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku laid down an early marker in his quest for the tournament’s top scorer award, scoring twice even without the services of influential playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in the side.
  • De Bruyne has returned to training with the first team and if he is passed fit, then a place on the bench may be the most likely destination for him against Denmark alongside midfielder Axel Witsel, who has been confirmed as available for selection by boss Roberto Martinez, whilst central defender Jan Vertonghen is a doubt after having to come off against Russia following a knock.

THE TEAM NEWS

DENMARK

PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Maehle, Kjaer, Christensen, Wass; Jensen, Hojbjerg, Delaney; A. Skov Olsen, Poulsen, Braithwaite

UNAVAILABLE: Eriksen (Illness)

QUESTIONABLE: R. Skov (Injured)

BELGIUM

PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vermaelen; Meunier, Dendoncker, Tielemans, T. Hazard; Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco

UNAVAILABLE: Castagne (Injured)

QUESTIONABLE: De Bruyne (Injured), Vertonghen (Injured)

THE KEY STATS

  • Belgium won each of their last two international matches between the two nations by a margin of two goals (4-2 and 2-0, UEFA Nations League 2020) – Belgium to win by two goals or more
  • Belgium have scored the first goal in each of their last five EURO final tournament matches – Belgium to score first
  • Belgium have scored three goals or more in three of their last five EURO final tournament matches – Belgium to score over 2.5 goals
  • Belgium have won four of their last five EURO final tournament matches without conceding a goal – Belgium to win to nil
  • Belgium have not failed to score in their last 31 international matches. The last time was vs France in 2018 World Cup semi-finals (L 1-0) – Belgium to score

THE PREDICTION

The players of Denmark are a credit to themselves and their country for how they conducted themselves in such horrible circumstances last Saturday and Eriksen being on the mend and making a full recovery is all anyone within the Danish camp will be worried about at present and rightly so. From a footballing perspective, Eriksen not being available will hurt the Danes as he is their most creative player from an attacking point of view. Whilst Denmark will give everything they have for both their country and teammate in this match with a home crowd roaring on their every move, Belgium are simply a class above in both individual quality and squad depth. Therefore, Roberto Martinez’s side have to be favoured to pick up the three points.

Tip: BELGIUM TO WIN

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