Denmark host Belgium on Saturday evening at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in what looks like a potentially entertaining opener in the Euro Nations League.
The Danes have been pretty solid in both this competition and the Euro qualifiers. They finished top of Group B4 in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, claiming a couple of wins over Wales and drawing twice with the Republic of Ireland, results that earned them promotion to League A. They also qualified for next summer’s Euro Championship after finishing second in Group D behind Switzerland.
Kasper Hjulmand’s side comes into this game on the back of an unbeaten run of eight games. Their home record is even more impressive as they are yet to taste defeat in 18 outings. They will, however, face much stiffer opposition in this competition with England and Iceland the other teams in this group.
Belgium are without a doubt one of the most talented teams in world football at the moment. They are riding on a golden generation of gifted players and they will be keen to cash in before the clock ebbs away on them. They were unfortunate not to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2018-19 UEFA nations league despite winning three of their 4 games. A bizarre 5-2 loss to Switzerland denied them that opportunity but they certainly come into this season as one of the favourites.
They served a notice of their intentions in the Euro qualifiers, punching their ticket for next summer’s championships by winning ALL 10 of their group games.
There’s no denying that Belgium are among the best teams not just in Europe, but in the world at the moment. They reached the semi-finals of both the 2018 World Cup and the UEFA Nations League. They are also one of the bookmaker’s favourites to win the Euros later this summer. A casual look at the squad names will surely confirm that putting them in that category is not a stretch by bookmakers. They have a wealth of talent across the squad but it is their attack that certainly catches the eye with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku. They have been banging in goals for fun, winning their last 10 straight games while scoring an average of 4.83 goals per match. Denmark are a decent team, particularly at home, but Belgium are just on a different planet at the moment. We are picking Belgium to get the win here @ 1.77 with Blackbet as our first betting prediction.
Previous encounters between these teams have been competitive and explosive and we don’t expect this to be any different. Denmark also have within their ranks quite a few quality players that can cause the Belgian defence some problems. Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite will anchor the attack and he has Christian Eriksen, Thomas Delaney and Tottenham new signing Pierre-Emile Hojberg supporting him from midfield. You would fancy Denmark to grab at least a goal here with the calibre of these players, even in a losing effort and we are therefore backing Both Teams to Score @ 1.70 with Blackbet as our final prediction for this encounter.
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