Denmark welcomes Belgium to the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Thursday evening to resume Euro 2020 competition in Group B, although they are not currently in their best of spirits.
The heart-wrenching situation of Denmark's talismanChristan Eriksen
overshadowed the team's defeat against Finland. Eriksen collapsed toward the end of the first half and had to be resuscitated; and fortunately, he is currently in a stable condition at the hospital.
Kasper Hjulmand's side lost 1-0 to Finland in their first match, whereas Belgium easily grabbed a 3-0 triumph over Russia and they are building on their Euro 2020 opening-game win when they travel to Copenhagen to face Denmark on Thursday, therefore being
the big favourites to win.
While Denmark was assumed to the underdog for Euro 2020 by some people, the world Football has taken a backseat for them now.
With their defeat to Finland who was rather, weaker and not having their best player for the remainder of the tournament, the presentiment of their inability to even qualify from Group B can't be ignored especially if they are in desperate need of a positive result against Belgium on Thursday.
Not to mention the fact that Belgium thrashed Russia 3-0 even without the presence of some of their prominent players even playing during the 90-minutes, which implies that a hard-fought battle is ahead of Denmark on Thursday.
Before providing a prediction of the results of the Denmark vs Belgium Euro 2020 match, here is everything you need to know about their performance in previous matches.
Denmark is looking to avoid exiting the Euros at the group stage for the fifth time in their ninth appearance in the UEFA European Championship. They were defeated 4-3 on aggregate by their Scandinavian neighbours Sweden in the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs.
At UEFA EURO 2012, they were eliminated in the group stage, placing third behind Germany and Portugal in their group with three points from three games. They also won EURO '92, finished fourth in 1964, and advanced to the semi-finals in 1984.
Their most recent knockout appearance was in 2004 when they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the Czech Republic in a 3-0 defeat.
The Red Devils are in their second successive UEFA European Championship final campaign and their sixth EURO overall. Their biggest achievement until now was reaching the final of this tournament in 1980, when they were beaten 2-1 by West Germany in Rome.
After they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, in their first EURO finals in 2016, Wilmots led the team as they finished second in Group E and beat Hungary 4-0 in the round of 16 which is considered to be their biggest EURO finals victory, even though they were beaten 3-1 by Wales in the quarter-final.
Belgium has also scored in each of their last 25 games since losing 1-0 to France in the 2018 World Cup semi-final. Their only defeat was a 2-1 loss to England in the
UEFA Nations League
in October. Above all, they scored 40 goals in qualifying for this event, more than any other team.
In 13 of the 15 encounters between Denmark and Belgium, at least two goals have been put away. The record is equally split between the two sides in their 15 head-to-head meetings. Denmark has six wins, six losses, and three draws.
Games won by Denmark
Games won by Belgium
The last time that the countries met each other, Belgium beat Denmark 4-2. The goals were scored by Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne and finally, a second-half brace fromRomelu Lukaku
led them to grab triumph. Likewise, a goal from Jonas Wind and an own goal from winger Nacer Chadli turned out to be a sort of remedy for Denmark.
Here we take account of the possible lineups and formations of the encountering squads of Denmark and Belgium in UEFA Euro 2020.
The whole Danish team participated in training on Wednesday, of course with the conspicuous exception of Christian Eriksen.
With the smiling faces of the players, they are determined to rally for 'Eriksen' and not merely qualify from their group but win the competition for the sake of proving to him that they are still in the tournament.
As Eriksen won't make a comeback to the playing eleven anytime soon, the manager Kasper Hulmand will have to count onMathias Jensen
to fill in those shoes.
Likewise with the absence of the creative spark of Eriksen, midfielders Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Jensen are expected to share the playmaking load.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1)
: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Christensen, Wass, Maehle,Hojbjerg
, Delaney, Jensen, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Dolberg
For the possible starting eleven, it is presumable thatEden Hazard
would start on the bench again. Besides, the team will miss the services of Timothy Castagne, as he was injured and subbed off in the 27th minute in the opener.
Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen are all doubts to feature. Because, their coach Martinez missed Kevin De Bruyne in the opener. Yet, he would be expected to be integrated into the playing eleven for the sake of having him prepared for the knockouts.
In this regard,Vertonghen
was absent during the last training session on Belgian soil too. As a result, although according to Belgium team doctor Geert Declercq, Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen are medically fit to play against Denmark, Martínez often would not take any medical chances with his players.
Probable starting line-up (3-4-3):
Courtois, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Denayer, Thorgan Hazard, Meunier, Dendoncker, De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku
Undoubtedly, The Danes have come to the tournament with a welter of aspirations, but they had to face some truly herculean contests and even rub salt on their wounds, they were beaten by a much weaker team earlier in the tournament.
On the other hand, Belgium already grabbed a triumph in their opener without taking advantage of some of their best players in the starting eleven.
Hence, withDe Bruyne
, and Hazard coming back to the squad, players like Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens could possibly score plenty.
It goes without saying that the Danes have a poorer head to head record against their counterparts over the years, and often have conceded in plenty in the tournaments.
In essence, it is expected that Belgium would savour the pleasure of their second victory in the tournament, and consider scoring numerous goals by them as well.