Czech Republic caused the first big shock of the knockout stages when they eliminated the Netherlands, and now take on a Denmark side that have gotten better and better as the tournament progressed.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium
The Czech Republic kept the Netherlands at arm’s length up until Matthijs De Ligt was sent off for handling the ball ten minutes into the second half. After that, Czech Republic just grew in confidence before eventually winning the game 2-0.
Czech Republic have impressed fans and pundits alike with how well they’ve played and their fearless approach. It doesn’t hurt that they also have one of the most in-form strikers in Europe amongst their squad in Patrik Schick. He scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the win over the Netherlands and is now one goal behind the leading goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already been eliminated. The Czechs have looked strong at the back, conceding just twice, and play very much as one unit, so should prove difficult to outwit yet again.
Denmark have scored four goals in each of their last two fixtures, beating Russia 4-1 in the group stage and battering Wales 4-0 in the last 16 and perhaps some fans have started to believe this side could repeat the feat of 1992 and go all the win and win Euro 2020.
However, Czech Republic should provide a much tougher opponent on Saturday than Wales as they are a well drilled side defensively and would probably not commit the naive errors the Welsh did.
The Danes come into this fixture as favorites to progress but will need to stay level headed and focused to avoid being surprised by the Czechs.
Vladimir Darida is an injury doubt for this fixture but Jan Boril is back from suspension.
Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass are all going to miss the match due to heart complications, an injury and and illness respectively.
Czech Republic’s last five games: WWDLW
Denmark’s last five games: WLLWL
Czech Republic are winless in their last six games against Denmark (D5 L1) since a 3-0 victory over the Danes at this same stage of the competition in 2004.
Denmark have scored four goals or more in four of their last eight matches.
Both the Czech Republic and Denmark have only failed to score in one of their previous four matches. Both teams have scored in three of the last six games between these two countries and both teams found the back of the net in three of Denmark’s last six matches. Let’s back both sides to find the back of the net at 1/1.
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