Russia vs Denmark: Preview, prediction, team news, betting tips and odds
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Russia are on course to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2020 despite only picking up three points from their opening two matches ahead of their clash with Denmark.
They fell to a 3-0 defeat against Belgium in their opener, before edging a narrow 1-0 win over Finland courtesy of Aleksei Miranchuk’s strike.
The football aspect of Denmark’s campaign has largely fallen into secondary position after star man Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their opening defeat to Finland.
The former Tottenham midfielder – who was quickly revived following a superb intervention by medics – has thankfully been discharged from hospital following the awful incident.
Denmark have zero points in the group after losing to both Finland and Belgium, but the players know that a win here could be enough to secure an unlikely third-place qualification spot.
There’s plenty of Euro 2020 fixtures still to come with the knockout stages now looming and the last 16 taking shape.
Russia vs Denmark: Kick-off time
Russia v Denmark will kick off at 8pm. It will take place on Monday 21st June 2021.
Russia started their Group B campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Belgium on June 12, but a 1-0 success over Finland last time out has placed them in a strong position ahead of their final match in the section.
Aleksey Miranchuk's effort on the stroke of the interval was enough to beat Finland on Wednesday evening, and the result has left the Russians in second spot in the group heading into the final matchday.
It is fairly straightforward for Stanislav Cherchesov's side, as a win would ensure that they are through to the last-16 stage of the competition, although a draw would also be enough to qualify if Finland fail to overcome Belgium in the section's other match on the same night.
Third position, of course, could also be enough to advance, but Russia will not want to take any chances and will therefore be determined to overcome Denmark in Copenhagen.
The National Team actually reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 but failed to make it out of the groups in 2012 and 2016, meaning that a spot in the round of 16 would be a huge step forward for Cherchesov's side.
There is no getting away from the fact that it has been an emotional competition for Denmark due to Christian Eriksen's collapse in their opening match against Finland on June 12.
Eriksen has now been discharged from hospital after a successful operation to fit a defibrillator, and the Danes will leave this competition as heroes regardless of what happens in their final Group B fixture.
Russia: Defender Mario Fernandes is ruled out after suffering a back injury in an awkward fall during the match against Finland, but has not damaged his spine.
The team have already lost veteran Yuri Zhirkov, who was injured during the 3-0 loss against Belgium on Saturday.
Denmark: Eriksen will once again miss the match as he continues his recovery.
The 29-year old’s place in midfield will most likely be filled by Brentford’s Mathias Jensen, but Andreas Cornelius and Kasper Dolberg are also viable options.
Russia go into the game full of confidence after beating Finland, and attacking threat Artem Dzyuba will cause Denmark’s defence problems.
There’s no doubt Denmark have added motivation to deliver this tournament after what happened to Eriksen. Although they’ll miss his creativity and threat from set-pieces, there’s still plenty of talent in the side.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been one of the bright sparks for the Danes so far and will be the man his teammates turn to for answers when looking to break down Russia’s backline.
Russia 1-1 Denmark
Denmark to Win-to-Nil
These two countries have only met once before and on that occasion, Russia ran out 2-0 winners. However, a lot has changed since that 2012 friendly, and Denmark boast the more talented of the two squads and it is a surprise to see them without a point on the board. Denmark have won three of their last six international matches, keeping clean sheets in each of those victories. Denmark played much better against Belgium, especially in the first half, and if they can repeat that kind of a display then Russia won't be able to live with them.
Under 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 goals were produced when these two nations last locked horns and three of Russia's and three of Denmark's last four outings have also featured under 2.5 goals. We're expecting a close game between these two sides but believe that Denmark's added quality will shine through in the end. There is a lot on the line for both countries and that is likely to produce a tight and tense 90-minutes.
2-0 to Denmark
Denmark lost their only previous meeting with Russia 2-0 but we're backing the Danes to have their revenge on the big stage with a result that could end up seeing them qualify for the knockout stage. The Danes have scored at least two goals in three of their last six matches and we're unlucky not to score at least two goals against Belgium. Russia have looked poor in the final third, lacking pace in their attacks, and we believe Denmark will stop their opponents from scoring on Monday.
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