Russia vs Denmark takes place on June 21 in Copenhagen as Group B of Euro2020 comes to a conclusion. A win for Russia will ensure they are in the round of 16 while Denmark need to win to have any chance of getting past the group stage after two defeats in two games. Read on for more analysis, match predictions and betting tips.
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Russia fought out a tough 1-0 win against Finland last time out thanks to a stunner from Aleksey Miranchuk and VAR ruling out Joel Pohjanpalo’s header for offside. That win was the fourth win of the calendar year for Russia and gives them a great chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time since 2008. Russia also kept their second clean sheet in three games and their first in a competitive match since last October.
Denmark got off to a great start against Belgium in their last game with a second minute goal from Yussuf Poulsen. However, the introduction of Kevin de Bruyne in the second half pushed Belgium up a gear and the Danes were just unable to cope. Kasper Hjulmand’s team now faces elimination from the tournament unless they can win this game and Belgium beat Finland; if that happens it’s possible they can sneak through in second place on goal difference.
Russia had some good news when it was confirmed that defender Mario Fernandes suffered no vertebrae damage having fallen awkwardly when jumping for a header in the match against Finland. Russia already have some defensive injury woes with left back Yuri Zhirkov out of the tournament having sustained a thigh injury against Belgium while veteran left-back Fyodor Kudryashov has not played since picking up a knock in a pre-tournament friendly.
Denmark will continue to be without their talismanic midfielder Christian Eriksen as he recuperates in hospital following suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch in the opening game against Belgium. However, they have no further injuries in the squad and the only question is if Hjulmand will shuffle his pack as his team have to go for the win on their home turf.
Despite losing their opening two games, Denmark are favourites for this game with bookies offering around 1.67 against the Danes beating Russia. The odds are fairly split in both the goals and the BTTS market with this game being something of a winner-takes-all affair for Denmark. A draw would probably suffice for Russia, and it’s possible that coach Stanislav Cherchesov will attempt to set his side up just to not lose. The question for people looking at betting tips is how successful will he be in doing so.