The semifinals between England and Denmark take place on Wednesday, with the two teams meeting in London at the famous Wembley stadium.
England is the favorite, but we’ve seen numerous surprises at this stage in the past. Plus, it seems that Denmark likes being in the underdog position, with all the factors going against their favor. Otherwise, they wouldn’t reach this stage of the competition. They have some sort of a swing created late in the group stage, which keeps them moving. As for the English side, so far, Albion was one of the most convincing teams, if not the most dominant. Their defense is ridiculously good.
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England has been excellent when it comes to protecting its own goal ever since Gareth Southgate sat on the bench. Southgate, a solid defender himself, established a tough backline with a few midfielders who always emphasized defensive assignments.
You may not like their style of play, but England’s results are very good, and they have a system that works fine for now. There isn’t too much beauty in it, but when it comes to fulfilling the tasks, it is impeccable.
The Three Lions reached the semis without a goal allowed, which is very hard to achieve at EURO. On the other side of the pitch, England scored eight times. Also, this is their seventh consecutive event without conceding, ninth in the recent 11. Now that is something that needs to be underlined.
Denmark, as you all know, had lots of problems in the early stage of the championship, but they never gave up. Despite being struck hard with Christian Eriksen’s tragedy, they kept on grinding, even in the moments when Belgium inflicted a second punch, flipping the result against them, the Danes never stopped. Eventually, they reached the semis.
The last three games saw them netting 9 times, allowing just two goals on the other end. Overall the previous four contests this unit had were all over 2.5 goals, and three ended with both teams scoring. High efficiency is not characteristic for Denmark, but it seems that they had to change several things in their tactics following Eriksen’s departure.
Before the tournament began, Denmark had one of the best defenses in the world, not allowing goals frequently.
Head to Head Games
We saw two recent games between England and Denmark, both played in the 2020 UEFA Nations League competition.
The first one was in Copenhagen, and it ended without goals. The second at Wembley ended with the guests winning 0-1. Eriksen was the only scorer from the penalty kick in the opening 45 minutes of the match.
There won’t be any calculations here, with both England and Denmark being cautious from the kick-off. Neither side will try to take pressure on the other one because of the importance of the event and because that is the way they play important matches. As said, Denmark used to have one of the best defenses in the world before the tournament, and England showed that currently, their backline is the best. That is why we predict under 2.5 goals.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals, 0.60 BetXchange