Saturday’s Euro quarterfinal will see a matchup between the Czech Republic, the dark horse of this year’s Euros, and the mythical Denmark. Both teams have brought a lot of surprises in this Europa League competition. What can we expect from this match?
The Czech Republic is currently ranked 40th in the world, with a team worth £167 million, with an average price of €7.15 million and seven players worth €10 million. In recent years, the Czech Republic has become more mature technically and tactically, and has a tough and resilient style of play.
- The overall performance of this year’s European Cup
In the first round of the group stage, the Czech Republic defeated Scotland, then drew with Croatia and lost 0:1 to England in the third round. In the round of 16, the Czechs played against the Netherlands. After the Netherlands received a red card, the Czech front line was finally released and finally eliminated the Netherlands with 2:0, breaking into the last eight of this year’s Euros.
- Past Euro performances
The Czech Republic has participated in six consecutive European Cups. Previously, the team won the second place in Euro 1996 and reached the quarterfinals in Euro 2004. This is the second time in the last 3 Euros that the team has reached the last 8.
The average running distance of the Czech team on the field of play should be at least the top 4 of all the teams in existence. The most important thing is that they can maintain this kind of running intensity for a whole game.
However, the Czech Republic’s style of play is still very one-dimensional and most of the goal scoring duties are given to Hick. The Czech Republic’s main striker, Hick, scored a goal in the last game, continuing his hot form from the group stage, and he scored four of the Czech Republic’s five goals in this year’s Euros.
Denmark is now ranked 10th in the world, with a team worth 279 million pounds, 12 players worth 10 million euros, 6 of them worth 20 million euros and above.
Denmark has outstanding players playing in every position in major European leagues: Schmeichel (goalkeeper, Leicester City, Premier League); Kjaer (defender, AC Milan, Serie A); Højbel (midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League); and Polson (striker, Leipzig, Bundesliga).
The overall performance of this year’s European Cup
Denmark’s performance verifies the saying that soccer is a collective sport and matches can be played without anyone. Denmark’s strength was excellent, winning all previous qualifying matches. However, the core of the midfield, Eriksen, had a heart attack in the first match of the group stage and missed several games, but the team still made it to the last eight with the collective strength.
Denmark lost their first two matches in the group stage, and almost had no hope to qualify. But in the last group stage match, they pulled off an unlikely miracle, beating Russia 4-1 to finish second in the group. In the round of 16, they beat Wales 4:0 and entered the last 8 of the Euros, which gave people a new understanding of Denmark’s strength. The “Nordic fairy tale” is really magical.
- Past Euro performances
This is the first time since Euro 2004 that Denmark has reached the quarter finals of the Euro. In the last 2 international tournaments, Denmark has made it out of the group. The team made it to the round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup, but lost to Croatia on penalties.
Denmark has scored in the second half in 18 of its last 19 non-0-0 games; it has drawn only one of its last 15 games . The core change for Denmark is a significantly better offense. In the last 15 matches in all competitions, only 1 match has been goalless, with an average of more than 2 goals.
In terms of team strength, Denmark is ranked 16th in the world, while the Czech Republic is only ranked 45th.Denmark is also ahead of the Czech Republic with 310.7 million Euros in terms of team value, compared to 190 million Euros. In terms of statistics, Denmark is much better than the Czech Republic. But the Czech team is young and full of energy, and after a big win over the Netherlands, the team’s morale is high.And the team’s striker Hick is one of the most watched players at this year’s Euros and is in high form. The Czech Republic has already beaten the Netherlands, and Denmark is not to be feared.
Compared to the Czech Republic, Denmark’s form has been slow to pick up. This is also because of the first match incident with Elkeson, which had a big impact on the team. Not only did they lose one of their top players, but it also had a serious psychological impact on the players. The good thing is that the team adjusted smoothly and gradually found a good state, and Denmark also showed the strength of the world’s strongest team.
This game is more favourable for the stronger Danish team to win, the myth continues!
Prediction : Denmark to Qualify