Denmark was one of the promoted teams in League A in UEFA Nations League this season. They are currently in one group with England, Iceland and Belgium. The last one is the team which Kasper Schmeichel and Co will be taking on this weekend. The match will be held in Copenhagen. It is expected to be a tight clash as Belgium is one of the best teams in the world today.
Both teams’ latest news
Denmark under Kasper Hjulmand has called up the regular names in the current squad with Kasper Schmeichel, RB Leipzig frontman Yussuf Poulsen, Christian Eriksen and AC Milan new signing, Simon Kjaer. However, some new faces do make the cut too such as Brentford’s midfielder Christian Norgaard and Joakim Maehle from Genk. They are likely to make their debut here.
Belgium is quite similar to their upcoming opponent. Their squad is still full of experienced names such as Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thibault Cortois and Jan Vertonghen. Yet, several debutantes have been named in the current squad too. They are two Anderlecht forward Landry Dimata and Jeremy Doku, Ghent’s goalkeeper Davy Roef and Brighton man, Leandro Tossard. Unfortunately, some well-known names such as Divock Origi, Mitchi Batsuayi and Derdyck Boyata did not make the cut.
Kasper Hjulmand who takes over the vacant post from Age Hereide, might be deploying the regular 4-2-3-1 formation. Christian Eriksen will anchor the midfield supported by Thomas Delaney and Tottenham new signing, Pierre-Emile Hobjberg. On both wings, Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite are likely to deliver the ball for the targetman Andreas Cornelius.
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has more various options for his formation. He can deploy 4-3-3, 3-4-2-1, 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1. Romelu Lukaku will still be the main frontman with Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens or Eden’s brother, Thorgan, who will operate outwide or simply cut inside to score.
Players to watch
Inter Milan playmaker, Christian Eriksen remains to be the key man of the team. He will be the one to initiate the attack. Some other notable figures in Denmark are inevitably Leicester’s goalie Kasper Schmeichel and the captain Simon Kjaer.
In Belgium, the quartet Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens are still the key men on the attack. They have been in the squad since World Cup 2014. No wonder that they are irreplaceable yet.
Denmark vs Belgium prediction
Playing at their home turf shall be an advantage for the Scandinavian side to pick up three points here, although it might not be easy. Roberto Martinez’s men have been solid in defence and offence. It could be a contest of denying shots between their two commanders between the sticks, Thibault Cortois and Kasper Schmeichel. It might end in a goalless draw.
Although the match is potentially tight, the punters still back Belgium to win higher at 1.75. The draw result is at the value of 3.85, whereas Hjulmand’s men are priced to win at 4.25.