Denmark’s Euro 2020 tournament opener against Finland will always be remembered for the situation surrounding Christian Eriksen. Luckily the midfielder is now awake and stable in hospital. Despite Eriksen now being “fine” in terms of the circumstances (Eriksen’s own words), Denmark’s squad may struggle to get back on track. If their minds are elsewhere, it is understandable.

The Danes’ delayed match versus Finland finished in a 1-0 away win for the Finnish side. A late goal for Finland gave the team the win. Now, Denmark will aim to defeat Belgium on matchday 2 in Group B in what will be their most difficult game in terms of an opponent.

Belgium came through the first matchday with a 3-0 win versus Russia. It was an easy day for Roberto Martinez’s No. 1 ranked team in the world. Romelu Lukaku scored twice on either side of a Thomas Meunier strike. Belgium are the class of Group B and were odds on favourite to top the group prior to the Euro 2020 tournament’s kick off.

The teams have an even record in their all-time meetings. Belgium have posted a 6W-3D-6L record versus the Danes. Belgium have won the last two games between the national sides by a combined 6-2 scoreline. The games were played in 2020 during the teams’ UEFA Nations League campaigns.

Denmark vs Belgium Betting Odds

 

Denmark will have the benefit of playing at home in Copenhagen. The Danes will have a very emotional crowd supporting them at the game. Emotions will certainly be running high and it would be a remarkable sporting story if Denmark can overcome everything and win the Euro 2020 tournament. In reality, it is likely the Danes will struggle on and going out at the end of the group stage could occur.

Leading sportsbooks have Denmark at long-shot odds to win the game versus Belgium. They are 16/5 to win the match and move level on points with Belgium. A loss may not kill off Denmark’s hopes of going through to the knockout stage. The four best third-place teams will qualify from the group stage. Right now, the best third-place teams at the Euro tournament are on one point.

Belgium are at odds of 6/5 to win the game at the Parken Stadium. The Belgians absolutely thrashed Russia but will have a stronger opponent in Denmark on Thursday. Belgium controlled the game with 67% possession, completing 721 passes, and tallying nine shots.

Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand and the team are fighting an uphill battle to reach the knockout stage of the Euro 2020 tournament. If Denmark lose to Belgium and it is a significant loss, they can certainly be forgiven due to the circumstances.

Denmark vs Belgium Team News

Denmark’s emotional, passionate supporters will be the 12th man on Thursday. The Danes are likely to be every football fan’s second team for the rest of the summer. However, that may not help Denmark reach the knockout stage.

 Brentford's Mathias Jensen is likely to start the match in place of Eriksen. Hjulmand may decide to change things up in attack with Andreas Cornelius and Kasper Dolberg in line to start the game. Kasper Schmeichel and Simon Kjaer should anchor the defence. However, Kjaer is a close personal friend of Eriksen and could be unable to compete.

Martinez will be certainly pleased with Belgium’s 3-0 win over Russia. The victory sets them up nicely to progress. Three more points should enable Belgium to wrap up qualification even with another game left to play. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne did not play versus Russia as he continues to recover from facial fractures. He could make a return to the squad sooner rather than later.

Leicester City full-back Timothy Castagne's tournament is over after a brutal clash of heads with Russia’s Daler Kuzyaev. Castagne was left with facial fractures after the incident. Martinez may not play defender Jan Vertonghen after suffering a knock to the ankle. The good news is that midfielder Axel Witsel is now available after an Achilles injury.

Denmark vs Belgium Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 10/11 - BET NOW

 

Four of Belgium’s last eight matches in all competitions finished with both teams not scoring goals. Belgium have won back-to-back games to nil and could do it once more versus Denmark. The Danes took a heavy emotional toll on Saturday and could have little available following the loss to Finland. Denmark’s loss to Finland ended a five-match unbeaten streak.

Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 5/4 - BET NOW

 

Lukaku started the Euro 2020 tournament in great form scoring twice against Russia. The Inter Milan striker scored 30 goals in 44 matches in all competitions at club level in 2020-21. He now has 62 goals in 94 matches for the Belgian national team. If Lukaku gets a goal or two versus Denmark, don’t be shocked to see the striker win the tournament’s Golden Boot award. Lukaku’s continued success at club and international level shows the mistakes Manchester United made letting him go so easily.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 6/5 - BET NOW

 

Belgium could put goals past an emotionally drained Denmark. Eight of the Belgians’ last 14 matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Six of Denmark’s last 14 matches in all competitions finishing with more than 2.5 goals tallied. Although three straight have finished with under 2.5 goals tallied, this game is more likely to see goals scored.

Group B hasn’t had many goals thus far. A combined four goals were scored by the teams in Group B on matchday 1. Three of those four goals were tallied by Belgium versus Russia.

It is now or never for Belgium to win silverware with its golden generation. Sure, many of these players will be available for the 2022 World Cup. However, the team are getting older and this is likely to be the last quality chance Martinez has to bring glory to the national team. Belgium should win versus Denmark and seal progress to the knockout stage.