Denmark v Belgium betting tips: Daunting test for distracted Danes
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 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: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Castagne, Tielemans, Carrasco, Mertens, T Hazard, Dendocker, Lukaku.
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.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication