England and Denmark meet at Wembley in the EURO 2020 semifinals. These two nations will no doubt bring an incredible spectacle at one legendary stadium. We expect to see an incredibly tough and physical match, as both sides prefer to play like this. England plays practically at home, and the Three Lions should have massive support from the stands, as we expect to see close to 65,000 spectators, a vast majority of them backing up the hosts. On the other side, the Danes are playing against the adversities throughout the entire championship, so they won’t be too surprised by the circumstances in London. You’ll have a chance to see one extra feature in this article, as well as the preview for the other EURO 2020 semifinal game between Italy and Spain, as well as for both COPA America semifinals.
England eliminated Ukraine in the quarterfinals, beating the rivals with 4-0. So that is yet another clean sheet for Gareth Southgate‘s boys. They are by far the best defense in the entire tournament, without a single goal conceded.
They would keep the net intact for the seventh straight match, the ninth in the past 11 games. But that is Southgate’s strategy, defense first, and after that counter-attacks.
One by one, the Croats, Scots, Czechs, Germans and at last Ukrainians couldn’t beat Pickford, who was masterful with his teammates in the backline. In the meantime, Harry Kane woke up, scoring three goals during the knockout stage, showing his class when needed the most. He tied with Raheem Sterling, who also has three goals each.
Denmark solved the Czech Republic without too many problems, 2-1, and even though the Czechs had the initiative in the second half, the Danes would rebuff their attacks without any problems. Their mentality in those stressful situations is extremely resistant, which is one of the biggest reasons for entering the top four
Kjaer and the boys have four straight matches with over 2.5 goals, and three of them during that span ended with both teams netting, which wasn’t that frequent before the start of EURO 2020.
The Danes are playing powerful football, with a strict system in which every player knows its exact place. Above all, they are physically impeccable, with all 10 players in the field prepared to run for all 120 minutes if needed. All of them are very fluid and flexible when it comes to transformation but also know how to play positional football.
So far, there aren’t any injured nor suspended players in either team.
Christian Eriksen’s situation is already known, and he is long gone from the Danish protocol
Head to Head Matches
These two teams met recently in the UEFA Nations League during 2020. The first match in Denmark ended 0-0, while the second at Wembley saw the Danes winning, 0-1. The only goal was a work of the above- mentioned Eriksen.
In our modest opinion, this match isn’t going to bring many goals, because of the English style of play, which is ultra-defensive. On the other side, Denmark knows how to behave in such situations, and that is why our final prediction here is under 2.5 goals. This match will probably be decided by one goal which is going to come form either a set-piece or some mistake.
Click for a preview of the other EURO 2020 semifinal: Italy vs. Spain.
Here’s also a run-down prior to the Copa America semis:
Now, let’s turn things over to our brilliant English soccer analyst Kurt Boyer, to get his side-pick for the England vs Ukraine semifinal:
-Thanks Nikola! I’ll confess that parts of WagerBop’s staff have been cheering for England, not over “territory” due to my Premier League and FA Cup responsibilities but because Three Lions could be helping a WB futures-bet recommendation pay off for a change.
My theory headed into Euro 2020 was that with the United Kingdom having established itself as the world’s foremost hotbed of club football (any macro-analysis of international fixtures should take note of multiple all-Premier League finals in UEFA tournaments over the last 3 years) it would only be a matter of time before England began to shine brighter in national team competitions. The squad has grown up athletically since failing to play with faster pace than Team Croatia in the 2018 World Cup, and Harry Kane’s supporting cast has gotten so rich in talent that there’s hardly a noticeable change in form when a key player is replaced.
It’s still debatable whether Three Lions should be handicapped to defeat Italy or Spain in a hypothetical final. However, there is no debate as to which side is the stronger at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
Denmark, despite not needing goals in the 2nd half of a quarterfinal with the Czech Republic, gave up nearly 60% ball possession to the Czechs and could be ready to slow down at the end of a physical and emotional ordeal.
England is a solid pick at (-140) to win or ATS on an Asian Handicap of (-0.5, 1) and (-107).
Note: An earlier version of this preview erroneously claimed that the England vs Denmark semifinal begins “Saturday,” not its real kickoff on Weds 7/7 (at 3 PM EST). We sincerely regret the flub. Enjoy the match!
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.