Denmark kick off Group B against Finland in Copenhagen in the second Euro2020 game of June 12. The Danes have won the tournament before when they qualified as late entries in place of Yugoslavia in 1992 but failed to qualify for Euro2016. They face a Finnish side who are making their first tournament appearance having never appeared at a World Cup or European Championship before. Read on for our match predictions and betting tips.
Denmark come into the tournament in fine form, having won eight of their last 11 games including an 8-0 demolition of Moldova and a 4-0 battering away in Austria. They’ve kept clean sheets in eight of those 11 games, but were comfortably beaten by Belgium home and away in the Nations League. However a win away against England shows Denmark are no pushovers and that they have to be respected in the group stages at least.
Finland on the other hand are struggling for form. They’ve not won in four games and have lost to both Wales and Switzerland in that sequence. The Finns have not kept a clean sheet since beating France 2-0 in a friendly in Paris last November, while they conceded a late winner to Switzerland to lose 3-2 a game they led 1-0 at half time. They will need to be much better if they are not to be the group whipping boys.
Denmark have experimented a little bit with squads over the last 12 months but they will be looking to key players to step up for the Euro2020 tournament. Midfielder Thomas Delaney will have given them a scare having missed out on three games for Borussia Dortmund with achilles tendon problems in April but after four appearances from the bench he returned to the starting lineup for his club in their 3-1 win over Leverkusen for their final match of the season.
Finland have announced a preliminary 28-man squad for the warm-up games with Sweden and Estonia but it’s been confirmed additional players may be called up ahead of the tournament once their domestic duties are complete. One of the players who could arrive late for the squad is forward Marcus Forss who is likely to be leading the line for Brentford in the EFL Championship playoff final on May 29.
As expected for this Denmark vs Finland fixture, Denmark are hot favourites to win this game with most bookies offering 1.50 or less against the Red and White winning the game. A better market to bet on might be the goals market, especially considering how Denmark have obliterated weaker opposition in the March internationals. While none of the Danish front line have had especially prolific seasons, their team doesn’t seem to rely on one player to get goals. Against a defence which has conceded in the last 15 minutes of each of their last four games, Denmark should make life very uncomfortable for their Nordic rivals and we would recommend looking at the handicap market for betting tips.