Champions in 1992, Denmark are outsiders for this edition, but will certainly be looking to get off to a flyer against Nordic neighbours Finland on Saturday.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Parken Stadium
Belgium are clear favorites to win this group and Russia are expected to make it out as well but if Denmark are to have any real chance of upsetting the odds, you guess they’ll need to take maximum points off Finland.
Even though the Euros is taking place all over the continent, Denmark have the luxury of being able to start their tournament in front of their home fans and will be looking to make that advantage count. The Danes have been in fine form in 2021 and are yet to lose a game this year. In fact, they’ve only conceded one goal, in a 1-1 draw against Germany.
Finland are making their very first appearance at a major tournament after surprisingly qualifying for the Euros ahead of Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They go in search of a first victory in a major tournament here but Markku Kanerva-led side’s record this year has been very poor. You have to go as far back as November 2020 to the last time the Finnish scored a victory, a 2-1 result against Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League.
That said, they also have a terrible record against the Danes, losing four of their previous five games versus Denmark and managing a draw.
With four of the five debuting countries at the 2016 edition progressing past the group stage, can this new generation of Finnish players create their own history?
Home side, Denmark have a number of Premier League quality, and the likes of Christian Eriksen and Kasper Dolberg are available to lead from the front.
Teemu Pukki carries the hope of this modest side, and Karneva will be particularly optimistic his star striker is at his best.
Denmark’s last five games: WWWDW
Finland’s last five games: DDLLL
Denmark have only lost two games since September 2018 (W17 D9).
Finland are without a win in Denmark since a 2-0 friendly success in September 1949.
Denmark haven’t lost any of their previous eight encounters with Finland, securing six wins and two draws – even though their last encounter was way back in 2011.
The Danes have won the last two meetings between them and both teams have scored in three of their last six head-to-heads. Demark have won four of their last five, and have scored in all of those games. Finland’s form has been poor, losing five and drawing two of their last seven matches, but both teams have scored in four of their last six outings. Bet on Denmark to win and both sides to score and at odds of 7/2.
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