Denmark and the Czech Republic will face each other in the quarter-finals of the European Cup 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. This is the last hope for the chaos of this European Cup.
Denmark is ranked 10th in the world and the Czech Republic is ranked 40th. One of the teams will participate in the 2021 European Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium in London. The winner will face England or Ukraine.
Many players have played for top European clubs, and many have marked Denmark as a potential dark horse before the game. As early as 1992, the Danes had miraculously won the European championship. This team exudes some of the same feelings, especially after the traumatic experience of star Christian Eriksen, who was Survived in the first game.
The Czechs rely on teamwork, patience, disciplined organization and defensive commitment to achieve this. The breakout star Patrick Sigg who is chasing (part 2) Championship top scorer award, Has always been their difference maker. And they also took advantage of moments like the Dutch team got a red card in the last round.
The head coach of the Danish team, Kasper Hulmand, told the Danish media that he “would rather play against the Dutch team in the quarter-finals”, which shows the problem. That’s because he knows that the Czech can match the strong oppression and professional ethics of his own team, which should become a compelling high-stakes game.
How to watch Denmark vs. Czech Republic
The quarterfinals will be available in English on ESPN and in Spanish on Univision and TUDN.Both networks can be streamed fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Denmark-Czech expected lineup
An interesting decision facing Denmark on this issue is: Will Denmark continue to stay hot and let Caspar Dolberg (scoring two goals in the game against Wales) as the starting striker? Or did Yussuf Poulsen, who returned from injury, regained the starting position? Even if Poulsen can play on the wing, it is difficult to see both of them starting.
The advantage should belong to Dolberg (pictured below), and his quick reaction in the penalty area may play a decisive role in the Czech team’s crowding of the penalty area. Dolberg doesn’t need much space to cause harm.
Similarly, it is difficult to see right-wing winger Daniel Wass regaining his position after he has recovered. Jens Stryger Larsen performed well against Wales.
The Czech team also has two players returning to the team, captain Vladimir Dalida and left-back Jan Boril. Although their substitutes Anthony Ballack and Pavel Kadrabeck (mainly right back) performed well against the Netherlands, regular players are expected to re-enter the starting lineup. Ballack should help provide an offensive boost on the bench.
Denmark (3-4-3, from left to right): Schmeichel-GK-Westergard, Kjaer, Christensen-Meller, Delaney, Hoibjerg, Streg Larsen-Damsgaard, Dolber Braithwaite
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1, from left to right): Vaclik-Boril, Kalas, Celustka, Coufal-Soucek, Holes-Sevcik, Darida, Masopust-Schick
Denmark vs. Czech Republic: odds and predictions
In the past ten years, the two teams have played against each other four times, resulting in three draws and Denmark’s 3-0 victory. But the last meeting was in 2016. This history helps reinforce the idea that there will not be too many meetings between them on Saturday.
Czechs know how to stay tense. According to FBref’s statistics, in the last two games against England and the Netherlands, they limited the number of goals scored in the European Cup to the expected goals of 0.8 and 0.9 respectively.
So Saturday will be very nervous again. The difference will come down to which team can create brilliant moments. Of course, the Czechs have Sigg, but the offensive Danes (19 shots per game) just have more players like Sigg who can improvise and play an important role. The four goals scored by Denmark in the last two games are evidence.
Considering the above situation and the possibility of Denmark becoming the active team, the possibility of “Denmark score first and win” seems to be the most attractive game in this game.
prophecy: Denmark 2, Czech Republic 1
Odds provided by DraftKings
- Denmark wins (90 minutes): +110
- Denmark advances: -182
- Lucky draw (90 minutes): +225
- Czech Republic wins (90 minutes): +290
- The Czech Republic advances: +140
- Denmark -0.25 Asian Handicap: -129
- Denmark scored first and won: +130
- Denmark won with zero: +225
- Denmark’s overall field goal percentage is over 4.5: -112