Denmark and Scotland meet on Wednesday night in Copenhagen in the fourth round of the World Cup qualifiers. The two sides are currently occupying the top two places in Group F, noting that Denmark holds the leading position, and Scotland sits second. By the way, both teams are undefeated following the opening three rounds. This should be a very intense and physical matchup, as these nations like to play rough football, with lots of duels in the middle. The hosts are the favorites, but with Scotland involved, anything is possible.
Denmark (-250) begins a new chapter after the recent EURO, during which this team had a very rough and turbulent experience. The Danes will be without the leader and the playmaker, Christian Eriksen, but they already showed excellent quality even without Inter’s midfielder.
The semifinals of the recent EURO is a massive boost for this squad, and to be honest, if the game against England didn’t take place in London, who knows what might have happened. They are first in Group F with all three wins so far, and a goal difference of 14-0.
Very strong defense, with two-way players who are able to rush out and move the action in front of the rival’s goal in a matter of seconds, is the biggest strength of this unit. Upfront, the Danes have Kasper Dolberg, once the most promising striker in Europe, who finally showed a bit of his true potential at EURO and while playing for OGC Nice in France.
Scotland (+650) had high hopes from EURO, especially after eliminating Serbia in the playoffs in Belgrade, but the Tartan Army saw another failure. To make it even worse, the Scots played two of three games at home in Glasgow, which wasn’t enough to beat the Czech Republic and Croatia.
In both of those events, it was more than obvious that Scotland has a mediocre team, with two stars, Andy Robertson, and Kiernan Tierney, who, with all due respect, aren’t anything more than good defenders.
They are a hard-working yet very raw group of guys who don’t know how to score or create anything in front of the rival’s net. That is why we often see them losing matches and why they netted only once at EURO. For example, Scotland has just two wins in the past ten games in all the competitions. Currently, they have five points in three games in these qualifiers, holding the second spot in Group F.
The Danes are coming into this one with the best possible lineup.
It is the same with the Scots.
Head to Head Games
Scotland won the past two games against Denmark. The first was in 2011, 2-1 at home, and the second in 2016, also in Scotland, 1-0. Both of them were friendly international contests.
Of the past 11 H2H events, only three were with over 2.5 goals.
Away from home, Scotland is very vulnerable and an easy task for high-caliber teams. Yes, they will make things rough on the field with a physical and aggressive approach, but once the rival scores or takes over the control, the Scots deflate and become very easy for handling. Therefore, our pick in this one is Denmark to win, at -250. For those who are more courageous, go with Denmark wins clean sheets.
Pick: Denmark -250
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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.
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