European Championships 2020
Wednesday 7th July 2021
Kick off at 8pm BST
Venue: Wembley Stadium
England have made it to their 2nd consecutive semi final of a major tournament and at home against Denmark they will be the favourites to reach the final.
This England side have looked different to past sides in that there is an air of confidence about Gareth Southgate’s team. They look solid, bullish and have been absolutely brilliant in defence so much so they are yet to concede in the tournament. Midfield has been controlled excellently by the likes of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips and they are scoring goals too. Harry Kane has proved his critics wrong also and after a quiet start and has now scored 3 goals. Raheem Sterling has been lightning quick and it says something when you can bring on the quality of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire- both players were forced to miss the majority of the group stages due to injury.
In truth England’s quarter final against Ukraine was like a miss match, the Ukrainians simply are not on the same level as England and that was proved after England cruised to a 4-0 victory over them. But this is an England side who have been tested in this competition against the likes of Croatia the 2018 World Cup finalists and Germany and so far England are ticking all of the boxes. They have never won the European Championships and have never reached the final of the competition. The last time England won a major tournament and so far the only time was the 1966 World Cup, so we could see some history being made on Wednesday evening.
At the beginning of the tournament very few would have expected to see Denmark reach the semi finals, but here they are, and this is a very talented Danish side. Denmark beat Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter finals and thoughts for them will be turning back to 1992 when they surprised everyone to win the Euro’s back then.
One cannot speak of Denmark’s performances and not think of Christian Eriksen and certainly the players have found an extra few gears to support their stricken player. But the Danes have real quality too. At the back they are led by Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen and up front having scored 3 goals is Kasper Dolberg who looks like a genuinely good striker. This should be an epic game.
England: The only injury worry for England is Bukayo Saka who has a knock and will be assessed, but it isn’t thought to be serious.
Denmark: Yussef Poulsen has a knock but it doesn’t look too serious and he may face a late test.
England vs Denmark Head to Head:
The last time the nations played was last year in the UEFA Nations League and the match at Wembley Stadium finished 1-0 to Denmark.
The last 3 meetings have all been under 1.5 goals.
The last time the teams met at the Euro’s was in 1992 and that game, a group one, ended 0-0.
Denmark only have four victories over England though 3 of those have occurred in the last six meetings.
Match up: Games: 21, England wins: 12, Denmark wins: 4, Draws: 5
England vs Denmark Prediction:
Player for player and looking at the performances in this tournament England have the better team. England will have many chances in this game and be supported by 60,000 fans let in for this one. Everything is pointing for a England victory but….
We have seen it many many times when the chance has come to step onto that podium and reach a different level England have failed, they have tried and come so close at times but ultimately not had that final push. Is this the year and tournament to change that? England could be meeting a much stronger side for a semi final, but this could also have been the thinking when they played Croatia in the last World Cup. Denmark remain dangerous opposition, and the one worry is how this England team react if they concede first. When you haven’t conceded yet it is unknown territory how a team will react, it is the difference between champions and runner’s up. There will also be perhaps more pressure on England to win in their own stadium, nerves should hold up with this team, but who knows what can happen. The key is the first goal of the game.
This could be a match that goes into extra time, even though if this England side click they could well have the game wrapped up before then. This England side has looked far more assured though than previous sides, and we will back them to win inside the 90mins.
England vs Denmark Betting Tips:
Full time result (England) at 1.70
Anytime goalscorer: Harry Kane at 2.10