The Three Lions travel to Copenhagen to face Denmark in their second match of the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.
Denmark put up a decent shift against Belgium in their first match, despite ultimately losing 2-0 at home as Lyon defender Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens scored a goal in either half to earn the visitors all three points. This was their first loss in 16 competitive games, going back to October 2016.
That run saw them qualifying for next summer’s Euro Championship as their eight-game unbeaten stand in group D ensured they finished second behind Switzerland.
This is a tough group that has England, Belgium and Iceland. Kasper Hjulmand’s boys will look to get a positive result in this encounter not just in a bid to weigh themselves against the best, but also as preparations for the Euros.
England’s opening game against Iceland was always going to be a charged game considering how the last match between them played out and it did not disappoint. Both teams had a player sent off, both had penalties in injury time, with Raheem Sterling scoring for England in 91st minute while Birkir Bjarnason missed for Iceland in the 93rd minute as England picked up all three points, albeit in fortuitous fashion.
That was a far from impressive performance for Gareth Southgate’s side, who incidentally finished third in the inaugural edition of this competition a couple of years ago. He will certainly demand better performance from them against a Danish team that is quite formidable.
They next face Belgium at home so they will do well to get all they can get from this game ahead of the visit from the high flying Belgians.
Injuries and withdrawals from the team forced Southgate to field a somewhat unfamiliar lineup in the first game against Iceland. That and the lack of playtime clearly showed on the team as they looked lethargic in the 1-0 scrappy win. The squad got even thinner Walker got a red card in the first game and talented youngsters Greenwood and Foden got booted out of the camp for violating safety provisions. With such a short turn-around from the Iceland match, we are not sure Southgate has had sufficient practice to work on changes on the team he intends to field out there against Denmark. The Danes are a decent team and they could cause England a few problems. When Christian Eriksen gets cooking for them, they can be very dangerous. We are going for handicap +1 Denmark Win @ 1.77 with Bwin as our first prediction for the game.
We anticipate a tight game here as well with both teams keen not to concede early as that would hand the momentum to the team that scores. This will be a competitive battle. Denmark, after losing their first game will look for a much better output here. Bwin betting app have the First half Under 1.5 goals market priced @ 1.40 and we feel there is some value in backing it for our final prediction for this game.
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