Wales vs. Denmark Predictions: EURO 2020 Odds & Picks
With the group stage now out of the way and 24 teams whittled down to 16, it’s time for the real action to begin at Euro 2020. It’s at this point that the contenders will be separated from the pretenders. There is no more margin for errors. Those who don’t produce will be sent home from the tournament for good.
The round of 16 kicks off on Saturday with two highly compelling fixtures. Wales and Denmark will be Amsterdam to face off for a place in the quarter finals before Italy take on Austria in London, with Roberto Mancini’s side aiming to continue their march through the tournament. Here are some predictions and picks for Wales v Denmark on Saturday June 26.
Wales v Denmark Predictions
Date: Saturday June 26
Time: 12pm ET
Latest odds: Denmark -118, Draw +230, Wales +450
Denmark overcame challenging circumstances at this tournament to secure their place in the last 16 with a momentous 4-1 win over Russia in their final group fixture. Kasper Hjulmand has done a good job of changing his team’s approach with Christian Eriksen unavailable. The switch to a back three has harnessed the likes of Mikel Damsgaard and Yussuf Poulsen.
While Denmark with Eriksen were all about passing patterns and triangles in the centre of the pitch, now their strategy relies largely on playing runners into the channels. This is a ploy Hjulmand used to great effect in the victory over Russia.
Damsgaard gave Denmark an attacking spark in their last outing, netting from distance after being afforded too much space between the lines of midfield and attack. Wales must learn from this and seek to crowd out the Sampdoria attacker while also not getting drawn to the ball too much. This will be a difficult balance to strike.
Wales’ chances of winning this match will likely depend on Gareth Bale and his relationship with Aaron Ramsey which fired Robert Page’s side to an impressive 2-0 win over Turkey in Group A. If Bale can find his range to get Ramsey in behind, Wales will have a real chance of making Euro 2020’s final eight.
There has been under 2.5 goals scored in Wales’ last seven European Championships games (including qualifiers). If Bale and Ramsey are drawn into a shootout, it’s possible Denmark will have more firepower. Wales must carry an attacking threat, but it’s crucial they build their game plan on top of a solid defensive basis.