The Three Lions are scheduled on a Scandinavian tour this week. After travelling to Reykyavik, they will be stopping by at Copenhagen for the next UEFA Nations League fixture by taking on Denmark. Both teams did not start the campaign well but they had a contrastive result. The home side began with a defeat while England was rather lucky to seal three points. It will be an exciting clash considering both sides’ solid squad with some well-known figures in it.
Both teams’ previous games
The Danes suffered a loss in their first round while hosting Belgium. They were thumped 0-2 by Jason Denayer’s and Dries Mertens’ goal. Kasper Hjulmand’s men seemed to be under pressure most of the time and only had a few decent chances throughout the game. Their attempt to create low defensive stance failed through a set piece and deflected shot.
Harry Kane and Co, on the other hand, managed to clinch a narrow win by a late Raheem Sterling penalty against Iceland. Despite dominating the game, they were almost frustrated after their efforts hit the opponent’s ‘frozen’ wall before scoring. The home side actually had a chance to equalise by Birkir Bjarnasson’s penalty. Yet, it went off the bar.
Kasper Hjulmand might need to consider deploying the 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 formation instead of the 4-3-3 one, which did not work well. Christian Eriksen shall be pushed forward as the number ten while Pierre-Emile Hobjberg will be the anchorman accompanied by Thomas Delaney. On both wings, Yussuf Poulsen and Robert Skov are likely to be selected in the starting IX while Kasper Dolberg who did not succeed to impress the team could be sidelined and Andreas Cornelius will take over his post.
Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate, who attempted to employ 4-1-4-1 formation in the previous game, should prepare another plan in case of facing the solid wall again. 4-3-1-2 seems to be more dangerous by playing Harry Kane and either Jadon Sacho or Raheem Sterling as the dynamic duo while Phil Foden or Jack Grealish could be given a playmaker role behind them.
Players to watch
Inter Milan playmaker, Christian Eriksen is the main figure of the team. He will be the creative one who could potentially break the deadlock. Some other notable men in Denmark are inevitably Leicester’s goalie Kasper Schmeichel and Hoffenheim versatile Robert Skov.
Their counterpart will still be relying on Spurs forward Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as the key frontmen. Another key man to watch is the versatile and creative midfielder, Phil Foden who just made his debut in Reykyavik last week.
Denmark vs England prediction
It is certainly a tough match for both teams after their disappointing and unconvincing form of them previously. This upcoming fixture will be a good opportunity for them to improve themselves. Only a win will secure their UEFA Nations League campaign and Gareth Southgate’s men have better chance for it.
This encounter is expected to be potentially even, the punters still back England higher to win at 2.00. The draw result is at the value of 3.45, whereas the Scandinavian side are priced to win at 3.65.