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Denmark v Belgium betting tips: Daunting test for distracted Danes

| 16.06.2021
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Preview and odds for the Group B match

Denmark’s European Championship campaign began in a way which nobody could ever have envisaged and the health of Christian Eriksen remains their priority ahead of a tough fixture against Belgium.

A 1-0 defeat against Finland was understandable given the circumstances but has put the Danes under pressure if they are to get out of the group while Belgium’s status as one of the favourites was backed up by a 3-0 win against Turkey.

Thursday’s match is live on ITV and kicks off at 5pm as we highlight a few potential Denmark v Belgium betting tips.

Denmark v Belgium match odds

Semi-finalists at the World Cup in Russia three years ago, Belgium went top of the group after beating Turkey on Saturday thanks to a brace by Romelu Lukaku that sandwiched Thomas Meunier’s goal.

The clash had been in doubt after Eriksen collapsed in the first half of their game earlier in the day, with Denmark eventually completing the match against Finland but suffering defeat after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a penalty saved.

The incident involving Eriksen has put things into perspective but Denmark will be keen to get a positive result, even though their star man will be badly missed on the pitch.

Denmark are now 6/4 to finish bottom in the Group B odds and Belgium are 21/20 to add to their problems with victory in Copenhagen.

The Danes are 29/10 to make the most of home advantage with a win while the draw is 9/4 and Denmark are 3/4 to avoid defeat.

Another Belgium win with at least three goals in the match can be backed at 5/2 while both teams to score is 19/20 in the Denmark v Belgium odds.

Kasper Schmeichel could be a busy man when Denmark face Belgium

Denmark v Belgium head-to-head

Belgium did the double over Denmark when the two teams were in the same Nations League group last year.

The first meeting in Copenhagen was Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand’s maiden match in charge and ended in a 2-0 defeat, with Jason Denayer giving Belgium a 10th-minute lead.

Dries Mertens doubled the lead in the second half and Denmark only managed one shot on target but Eriksen’s effort was kept out by Simon Mignolet.

Belgium again took an early lead in the return match in November before Lukaku’s second-half brace helped them to a 4-2 win.

Belgium are 11/2 to be leading after 15 minutes here while Roberto Martinez’s men are 24/5 to again win by a two-goal margin.

Previous XI

Denmark vs Belgium - Football tactics and formations
Denmark: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Maehle, Christensen, Delaney, Eriksen, Wass, Hojbjerg, Braithwaite, Wind, Poulsen.

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Castagne, Tielemans, Carrasco, Mertens, T Hazard, Dendocker, Lukaku.

Key battles

Lukaku began the Euros as one of the leading contenders to win the golden boot and enhanced those credentials with his double against Turkey.

He is undoubtedly the biggest threat for the Denmark defence to deal with and the former Manchester United man is 5/4 to add to his tally here, 3/1 to open the scoring or 7/4 to have at least two shots on target.

Denmark’s midfield may lack creativity without Eriksen but RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen could make an impact.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.