Belgium has an early opportunity to book their spot in the coveted Round of 16 on Thursday when they take on Denmark in Copenhagen.
The Belgians put on quite the show in their opening clash against Russia. They came as advertised, dominating in attack, and being rigid in defense. It’s as deep of a Belgian side as they’ve had in years, and even without Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard – Belgium were in complete control. They’ll look to extend their Group B lead on Thursday with a win over Denmark.
The Danes have to feel cheated with what has occurred thus far in the competition. A crushing 1-0 loss against lowly Finland was disappointing, but didn’t seem all that important following star man Christian Eriksen’s scary collapse near the end of the first half. The Inter Milan winger tragically went into cardiac arrest, though is now fine and resting in a local hospital. Controversially, the Danes resumed the match in the second-half, but were nowhere near their best. They’ll now again need to move past this horrific incident and gain a result against a tough opponent. Though this Danish side is strong, without Eriksen, they lose a ton of attacking prowess.
It will be interesting to see if the Danes can move past the scary Eriksen incident from not even a week ago. If they want to continue on in Euro 2020, they need a result – but the Belgians won’t make it easy. It’s a marquee showdown between two skilled and well-structured teams, and with the Danes playing at home, it should make for a raucous atmosphere. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added team insight, a tactical breakdown, and a winning wager for Euro 2020. Enjoy!
Belgium vs. Denmark Betting Odds:
Denmark +0.5 (-125)
Belgium -0.5 (+105)
Over 2.5 (+120)
Under 2.5 (-140)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Belgium vs. Denmark Pick:
Despite not knowing truly what type of headspace the Danish players will be in, this remains a solid squad even without the services of Christian Eriksen. They’re solid at the back with Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen in the heart of defense, while Martin Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen boast enough skill and finishing ability to keep any opposing back-line honest.
Expect a 4-3-3 formation without Eriksen, focusing instead on adding an extra forward up top, for even more attacking punch. Despite the loss, the Danish midfield will still be strong with Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojberg in the centre of that three-man unit. Hojberg is an excellent technical player, great at retrieving loose balls, and provides a deft passing touch. He’ll need to be at his best without Eriksen.
For the Belgians, while Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Axel Witsel are all likely to be within the squad, it’s unlikely manager Roberto Martinez will call on them to suit up. Timothy Castagne will also be lost out of the Belgian midfield, following a tough head injury vs. Russia. After a comfortable victory vs. the Russians, Belgium has a nice buffer and can afford to give their key players added rest.
Expect a 3-4-3 from Martinez’s Belgium, with the theme of their attack being possession and eventually onto the feet of star central striker Romelu Lukaku. The big Belgian dominated Russia last week, and will be expecting a much stiffer test from the duo of Kjaer and Christensen.
The Belgians do boast some impressive team depth, but only up to a point. They’re missing a ton of key pieces from their midfield, and against a desperate and hungry Danish side playing in front of home fans – don’t expect them to bully this match the way the betting market seems to indicate they will. Hojberg can outplay Belgium’s midfield, and if Lukaku isn’t getting regular service, well he can’t score! While Danish spirits remain in doubt, expect them to turn in an influential performance for Eriksen, and secure a positive result. A scoring draw could be in the cards in this crucial encounter. Back the Danes +0.5 goals.