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The Czech Republic and Denmark are in EURO 2020 quarterfinals after stunning everyone over the past few matches. The Czechs eliminated the Netherlands in the round of 16, surprising most football fans and proving that they simply know how to play against Oranje. Meanwhile, the Danes displayed one hell of a football game versus Wales, scoring four goals and routinely handling the Dragons. For many, this is the most interesting matchup of the round, because there wasn’t too much hype surrounding these teams since the tournament started. This match takes place at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Czech Republic vs Denmark: Kick-off time
The match is scheduled at 6pm, and will be held at Baku.
Saturday 3 July
QF3: Czech Republic vs Denmark (18:00, Baku)
QF4: Ukraine vs England (21:00, Rome)
Czech Republic (+360) had lots of success against the Netherlands throughout history, and it seems that such tradition boosted the morale of this generation before their game versus Oranje. They would allow the rival to take the initiative in the first half and create a couple of chances, and that was about it.
Matthijs De Ligt’s mistake, which resulted in a red card, was enough for the Czechs to gain the advantage and end Oranje’s dreams about the European title. Jaroslav Silhavy’s boys prevented the most potent offense in the tournament from shooting on target in this match, which pretty much tells enough about their performance. Patrik Schick was on target again, scoring his fourth goal of the tournament.
By the way, this was the sixth match for the Czechs in the past eight that ended with under 2.5 goals.
Denmark (+110) was fantastic in the last two games. The initial shock following unpleasant scenes with Christian Eriksen apparently vanished, and the Danes started playing football as they did in the recent past. After trashing Russia in the last game of the group stage, 4-1, they would pack four more goals in the round of 16 against Wales.
Throughout the entire 90 minutes of the match, Denmark was better. The midfield did a perfect job, neutralizing the harsh and feisty Dragons, but at the same time supplying the attack with useful passes.
By the way, this was the third straight match at EURO for the Danes with three or more goals involved and the first one with clean sheets. It used to be their trademark before the championship, but apparently, this is something new in their game.
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Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Frederik Ronnow, Jonas Lossl
Defenders: Daniel Wass, Joakim Maehle, Jens Stryger, Nicolai Boilesen, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen, Mathias Zanka
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Christian Norgaard, Anders Christiansen
Forwards: Youssef Poulsen, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Wind, Kasper Dolberg, Andreas Skov Olsen, Mikkel Damsgaard, Robert Skov, Andreas Cornelius
Czech Republic squad
Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik, Jiri Pavlenka, Ales Mandous
Defenders: Vladimir Coufal, Pavel Kaderabek, Ondrej Celustka, Tomas Kalas, David Zima, Jan Boril, Ales Mateju , Jakub Brabec
Midfielders: Lukas Masopust, Vladimir Darida, Tomas Soucek, Antonin Barak, Alex Kral, Tomas Holes, Petr Sevcik, Jakub Jankto, Adam Hlozek, Jakub Pesek, Michal Sadilek
Forwards: Patrik Schick, Michael Krmencik, Matej Vydra, Tomas Pekhart
All the players from the Czech Republic should be ready for this match.
According to the media sources from Denmark, Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass should be available for this event. Poulsen’s minor injury is gone, while Wass’s illness is slowly fading away as we speak.
Both teams fly high on morale but are also aware that this game might be the biggest one in their career. That is why both head coaches will probably go out with a cautious tactic, decreasing efficiency. Denmark is on fire lately, but the Czechs protect their goals solidly. Our safest pick here would be a moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals. The odds on that are +100.
Betting tips and odds
Tip 1: BTTS
Both the Czech Republic and Denmark have only failed to score in one of their four matches at the Euros so far and we're backing both teams to score on Saturday. Both teams have scored in three of the last six meetings between these two countries and both teams found the back of the net in three of Denmark's last six international matches.
Tip 2: Draw
We're backing these two countries to cancel one another out in the quarter-finals as five of their last six encounters have ended in draws. Czech Republic have only lost one of their last five fixtures, going down 1-0 against England at Wembly, while Denmark have only lost two of their last six outings, both of which arrived after the distressing injury to Christian Eriksen.
Tip 3: 1-1 Draw
As mentioned above, five of the last six meetings between these two nations have ended all square, three of which ended 1-1. Czech Republic haven't conceded more than one goal in any of their last five fixtures, while Denmark have scored in all bar one of their last six international matches and with this being a quarter-final, we're sure its going to be tight and tense throughout.
Head to Head Matches
Throughout history, the Czech Republic and Denmark met on 11 occasions. The Czechs are slightly better when looking at the overall picture with three wins, while Denmark has two; six matches saw no winners.
The last time they clashed was in 2016 in a friendly international, 1-1.
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