Wales take on Denmark at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on Saturday evening. This is the second consecutive Euros that the Welsh have progressed from the group stages.
There’s a similar feel about the Wales side that carried them all the way to the semi-finals back in 2016. It represents the last chance for Welsh legends Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey to achieve a major accolade with their country.
Robert Page’s men finished as runners up in Group A, level on points with Switzerland, but with a better goal difference.
Their final group game against Italy didn’t exactly inspire the Welsh. A first half goal from Matteo Pessina was enough to give the Italians a 1-0 win.
To add insult to injury for Wales, Ethan Ampadu was shown a straight red card. That sending off in the second half means the Chelsea midfielder will miss this game through suspension.
Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign was on a knife edge heading into the final group games. After losing the first game 1-0 to Finland and the second game 2-1 to Belgium.
That left the Danish needing a win in their final game and for Belgium to beat Finland. Fortunately for them, the scenario played out perfectly for them.
They certainly did their bit to progress. An inspired performance saw Denmark beat Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen for them to finish second via goal difference.
Below, we’ll preview this Euro 2020 fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…
Wales vs Denmark Predictions
Despite losing their final group game to Italy, Wales have shown some wonderful spirit in the competition. They’re deserving of their place in this knockout game and they’ll fancy their chances.
Anything is possible when you have Gareth Bale in your team. The Real Madrid forward was instrumental in their 2-0 win over Turkey.
Despite missing a penalty in that game, Bale dusted himself off and set up both of the Wales goals. Aaron Ramsey was on the scoresheet that day and he’ll be looking to pull the strings again for Wales here.
Wales head coach Rob Page will be looking to hurt the Danes down the wings, with the pace of Dan James and Bale. Kieffer Moore will do his usual industrial work up front, keeping the centre halves busy.
After taking a little while to get going, Denmark exploded into Euro 2020 with that convincing win over Russia.
It’s possible the team were negatively affected by what had happened to Christian Eriksen in the opening game. Whatever was affecting them, they looked to have dealt with it now.
The Danes’ biggest attacking threat is through the middle of the park. If Wales focus their attacks down the wings, that could provide ample space in the middle for Denmark to exploit.
Striker Yussuf Poulsen has scored twice in Denmark’s last two games. The RB Leipzig forward is full of confidence and will be looking to add to his tally in this game.
Read on for our Wales v Denmark predictions and best bets.
Wales vs Denmark Head to Head
These two nations have met on nine previous occasions. Denmark lead the overall head to heads with five wins to Wales’ four.
The two countries were drawn together in 1966 World Cup qualifying. Denmark won the first game 1-0 in 1964, but Wales got their revenge a year later, winning 4-2.
They didn’t meet again for a while, when they were drawn together in Euro 1988 qualifying. Wales won the first encounter 1-0, but Denmark then won the reverse fixture by the same score.
11 years later, the two countries found themselves again drawn in the same qualifying group for Euro 2000. Wales took the first game 2-1, but Denmark then won the other game 2-0.
Wales won a random 2008 friendly 1-0. That was the last time the two nations met until the inaugural UEFA Nations League. At that competition, Denmark won the first game 2-0 and the second by a 2-1 scoreline.
Denmark carry the more recent form into this clash. That could give us a good indication of how this game may go.
Wales Team News – L W D D L
There’s no news on the injury front for Wales heading into this game. The only absentee appears to be Ampadu for the red card he received against Italy.
It will be interesting to see if Ampadu’s absence results in Wales reverting to a back four for this game. That could see Spurs defender Ben Davies welcomed back into the team at left back.
Joe Allen and Joseff Morrell are expected to anchor the midfield for Wales. That could see Ramsey, Bale and James play just being Moore up front.
It would effectively be a 4-5-1 formation without a ball that can transition into a 4-3-3 with the ball. It’s the formation the Welsh went with for their impressive win over Turkey and they’re expected to revisit it for this game.
Our Wales v Denmark predictions expect Danny Ward to start between the stick for Wales. The Leicester stopper has only conceded two goals so far and has put in some inspired performances already.
Denmark Team News – W L L W D
The Danes will obviously be without their star man Christian Eriksen for the remainder of Euro 2020.
The good news is that the Inter Milan forward is expected to make a full recovery from the heart issue which caused him to collapse in the opening game.
Denmark looked to have lost their creative spark in Eriksen’s absence, but that seems to have returned now. Thomas Delaney was pulling the strings for the Danes in the win over Russia and he could be the one to unlock Wales’ defence here.
Premier League fans will be familiar with Pierre Emile Hojbjerg. The Tottenham midfielder is the engine in this Denmark team and will be vital to stopping Ramsey and Bale.
Kasper Schmeichel has conceded in each of the three group games at Euro 2020. Despite that, he hasn’t really been at fault for any of them and he’s expected to start in goal.
Wales vs Denmark Betting Tips
Despite some good performances so far in the competition, Wales are the outsiders for this game. The traders have Rob Page’s men priced at 18/5 to win the game in 90 minutes in our Wales v Denmark match bets.
Knockout games can be tense, with neither side wanting to make the mistake that could result in their exit. If you think it will end all square, you can back the draw at 17/8.
It seems Denmark have grown into this tournament. Their 4-1 win over Russia has certainly made people take notice and they’re the 4/5 favourites to win this game.
In reality, it’s difficult to see either side dominating this game. Knockout games, particularly the first round, are cagey affairs.
Wales have shown they can be dogged in defence when they need to be. They’re also more than capable of scoring against anyone. We’re predicting this one to end all square and for the winner to be decided by penalties.