Belgium and Denmark meet to decide who will advance to the knockout stage of the UEFA Nations League. These two teams are holding the top spots in Group 2, but note that the hosts are in a better position, with them having two points more than the Scandinavians. Therefore, they are through even with a draw from this event, unlike the visitors who need to make a big surprise beat the heavily favored hosts.
Belgium (-170) was more than routine against England, beating the big rivals and one of their biggest contenders for the upcoming EURO 2021. Two goals in the opening 45 minutes solved this event, and overall, the Devils might have scored a few more. At the moment, they have a solid swing with three victories in a row, netting at least twice in all of those events.
The rivals during this triumphant streak were quite solid European nations, Iceland and Switzerland besides the above mentioned England.
A clash vs. Albion was the first one following five straight in which Belgium both scored and conceded a goal. As for the matches at home soil, in the last dozen, the record of the Devils is very confident, with 10 wins and 2 draws.
Denmark (+450) reached this position with three consecutive victories in the UNL. They would beat Iceland on the road, 0-3, before doing the same in London against England, 0-1. After that, the Danes won against Iceland for the second time this week, 2-1.
They, too, are in excellent shape, with five straight victories during which Denmark allowed just one goal while on the other side scoring 12. Overall, a loss against Belgium 0-2, early in September, is the only failure this squad posted in the previous 22 contests.
The defense is the main strength of the Danish side, with them allowing goals in three of their previous 12 matches. A strong back line led by Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is doing a wonderful job, and Denmark really looks impregnable at some points.
Thomas Meunier and Alex Witsel are definitely off, as they have yellow card suspensions.
Recently mentioned, Schmeichel is not sure for this event due to a nasty hit he suffered against Iceland. Meanwhile, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is coming back after served suspension.
Head to Head Games
The Danes have a better record winning one match more than Belgium, 6-5, while three events saw a draw at the end of the regular 90 minutes.
Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens were the scorers for the Belgians in the opening clash, which they’ve won without some notable problems.
Belgium is a much better team than Denmark, and there should be no troubles for the hosts in the upcoming game. They have a better starting position, and can wait for the guests to attack and expose themselves, which would open up space for the fantastic transition de Bruyne, Mertens, and Lukaku so often execute.
In order to avoid some other riskier picks, betting on the hosts’ plain victory here is satisfying, even though the odds are not that high as many would’ve wanted.
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