Denmark are the team that won the hearts of all neutrals at Euro 2021 and if their dream of an in-depth tournament is to live on, the Danes will have to beat Euro 2016 darlings Wales, who’s on another surprise race on the big stage.
While Wales have already exceeded expectations by becoming the No.2 team in their group ahead of Switzerland and Turkey, Denmark were the team many saw as a dark horse choice ahead of the tournament.
The advancing team will be a real threat to make it to the semi-finals with either the Netherlands or the Czech Republic waiting in the next round.
How to watch Wales vs Denmark
- Dated: saturday june 26
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Diffusion: fuboTV, ESPN app, PrendeTV
ESPN will broadcast the game and the network can be broadcast on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
The match is also available in Spanish via Univision’s PrendeTV app.
Denmark play for Eriksen
The game against Wales will be the first time Denmark have played away at Euro 2021. After star player Christian Eriksen survived cardiac arrest in the team’s opener, he There is no doubt that emotions at Parken Stadium and across the country played a role in Denmark’s incredible comeback from last place in Group B.
With just 385 miles separating Copenhagen from Amsterdam, where this round of 16 game will be played, and travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic favoring a strong Danish presence, Danish fans could turn Cruyff Arena into another Parken. But how much, if any, has the emotional roller coaster experienced over the past two weeks worn out players? Or is the inspiration to play for their sidelined teammate still strong enough to bring them to a performance like the one that saw them crush Russia 4-1?
“I think 99% of the world will support Denmark,” admitted Welsh defender Connor Roberts.
Will Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey appear?
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both coming out of club seasons below their old standards and few expected them to make the difference they turned out to be in the first two group matches.
Bale has been involved in all of Wales’ best offensive moves during this tournament. His connection and understanding with longtime Welsh teammate Ramsey was a dangerous combination against Turkey, and one that Denmark will obviously rely on.
Wales vs Denmark odds and predictions
While not every result came in the group stage, Denmark were arguably the best team in all three matches, winning the xG battle every time. He currently has the 4th best goal expected at the Euro (xG of 5.9) and the 7th best goal expected against (xGA of 2.6 by FBref).
Wales don’t create as much (3.8 xG and 4.5 xGA per FBref) and struggled to win against better teams like Switzerland and the Italian reserves. Along with Bale’s magic, Wales’ other dangerous offensive threat will come from big 6-5 center-forward Kieffer Moore. But Denmark’s seasoned big center-backs should be up to the task. Taking the lead on a transition or set-piece goal is what the Welsh hope for in what should otherwise be a conservative approach to the game.
The deep and talented team of the Danes with players all over the field who feature in the top European league, is what has made them a long-term favorite choice in this tournament. And that’s the same reason they should beat a Wales side that just don’t have the same quality of staff despite having Bale’s most talented player.
Prediction: Denmark 2, Wales 1
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Wales winner (90 minutes): +430
- Wales to move forward: +210
- Draw: +230
- Denmark winner (90 min): -122
- Denmark advances: -286
- Total goals out of 2.5: +170
- Denmark Asian Handicap -0.75: +112