Switzerland vs Denmark / European Qualifiers EURO 2020 – Two objectively biggest favourites to win first two places in the Group D are Switzerland and Denmark, but we shouldn’t forget Northern Ireland too. Switzerland and Denmark have many things in common, give that both were stopped in the round of 16 of last year’s World Cup and were successful in the Nations League where they won first places in their respective groups. Switzerland has already won one qualifier, while the match will be the first for Denmark. The two teams didn’t meet in this century.
Switzerland vs Denmark begins 26.03.2019 at 20:45 CET
Perhaps the Swiss were disappointed after being eliminated in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Russia, especially as their rival was Sweden which was just the right opponent, but it seems the Swiss have quickly forgotten the elimination. They found console in the Nations League in a way that they demolished Iceland by 6-0 at home after which they minimally lost in Belgium and again won Iceland but this time away. The key moment was home match with strong Belgium. At one point the Swiss were losing 2-0 but then they kicked into higher gear and defeated the great rival by 5-2, which was enough to win the first place.
Interestingly, they lost both friendliest played in between Nations League’s matches, to England and Qatar by 1-0. At the beginning of qualifications for Euro 2020 they played with Georgia away and they had problems in the first half but in the second the Swiss scored two goals for solid victory. The team was quite changed compared to one that outclassed Belgium, while Shaqiri and Seferovic are out of action due to injuries.
Probable lineups Switzerland: Sommer – Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, R. Rodriguez – G. Xhaka, Zakaria, Freuler – Embolo, Zuber – Al. Ajeti
Right after elimination from the World Cup 2018 round of 16 the Danes suffered another defeat but it was a friendly with Slovakia. It was a famous match in which Denmark played only with amateur players so the final 3-0 is not so horrible. Then came the Nations League in which all the best players returned into the national team and Denmark did well in the competition. Their rivals were island nations; they won Wales two times, and drew two times with Northern Ireland.
It was quite sufficient to win the first place and that was a good motive for this qualification. Denmark was free in the first round and they used the time slot for friendly with Kosovo. The match was supposed to raise their self-confidence but instead they nearly lost. The Danes were losing 2-1 all the way up to added time when Hojbjerg scores an equaliser for the final 2-2. It was an unpleasant surprise despite that was just a friendly and many best players were absent. That is why all the best players go now on the pitch, including the team’s first star Eriksen.
Probable lineups Denmark: Schmeichel – Christensen, Zanka, Kjaer, Larsen – Delaney, Hojbjerg – Y. Poulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite – N. Jorgensen
Switzerland vs Denmark PICK
It can be said that rivals are of similar strength and quality, which is supported by their latest results. Switzerland will enjoy the home-field advantage but is not complete. The Danes will play its first qualifier but unlike the Swiss they are complete. We believe that both teams will score at least by one goal.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 2.10 at bet365 (down to 2.00 can be played)
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