On July 7 England will play Denmark in the semi-finals. Both teams have recently fought their way into the quarter-finals. Who will win the match next and make it to the final? Here are my expectations and predictions for this match.
England are currently ranked fourth in the world and have the most luxurious squad for the Euros, with a squad worth €1.27 billion. With 23 players from the Premier League and an average age of 25, England have the advantage of physical fitness and speed over other teams. They are also currently the favourites to win the title!
The team were not favoured by everyone before the tournament started. But this time the English gave the doubters a thorough rebuttal. Although they finished top of the group, everyone didn’t find such a result very convincing because none of the opponents were strong. But it was in the first leg of the knockout stage that they knocked out Germany 2-0, and it was then that everyone thought England were starting to make a run at the title. They went on to beat Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-finals, conquering the discerning fans.
Their record at the Euros is now 4 wins, 1 draw and no defeats, with five consecutive clean sheets.It is also worth noting that England’s defence is now extremely solid and England have not conceded a goal in the Euros so far.
If England are the favourites, then Denmark are the dark horses of the Euros!
Denmark started the group stage with 2 straight losses and went on to win 3 straight games to reach the semi-finals. Every game at the Euros has been a fairy tale, and in this fairy tale Denmark have been the lucky ones! Now that the dark horse is about to meet the favourites, England, can Denmark still be the lucky protagonist?
From the previous 5 games, Denmark are definitely an attacking team and they are very efficient in attacking. In the first 5 games, Denmark had more than 10 shots on goal in each game, and apart from the 2 games they lost, they were very efficient in the next 3 consecutive wins, with a shot on target rate of over 50%. An attacking style of play and efficient attacking efficiency is the key to Denmark’s progression to the last 4!
Denmark’s loss of Eriksen at the Euros has weakened the overall strength of the team. Eriksen is a central player up front and his passing skills can be of great help in the attacking front. Without Eriksen, the team is now relying more on the likes of Dolberg and others to create scoring opportunities.
The team’s successive victories have proved that Denmark can create a lot of scoring chances through the strength of team play!
At the moment I think there is a good chance that England will beat Denmark. It has now been 29 years since Denmark last reached a final. England’s best finishes in the Euros were 3rd in 1968 and 1996, and the chance to reach the final for the first time will not be missed.
The two sides have only met once at the Euros, in 1992, when Denmark won the cup, and the two teams drew 0-0 in the group stage.
But as you can see in the two games last year, Denmark were slightly better. But this Euros, Denmark is not as strong as England in terms of squad. England’s defence is extremely solid at the moment and it will be a bit tough for Denmark to win.
This time England look a different team, and perhaps this time they can go one step further. Denmark, on the other hand, may have used up all their luck in the previous games. So, this time they might struggle to go further.
Prediction one：England to qualify
Prediction two： 1:0