EURO 2020 Semifinals – England vs. Denmark Preview
Of the four teams in the semifinals of EURO 2020, England is the only one that has never won a European Championship. English fans have dealt with their share of heartache over the decades, but they are giddy with excitement about this year’s team. England is now the favorite to win this competition as the final three matches will all be played at Wembley Stadium. However, they won’t find it easy to get past another team of destiny in Denmark. The second semifinal match will be played on Wednesday July 7, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET with ESPN on the broadcast.
EURO 2020 Semifinals Betting Odds
Over/Under 2 and 2.5
It’s been a tournament full of highs and lows for Denmark. The Danes were totally shell-shocked in their opener against Finland after star player and captain Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch due to sudden cardiac arrest. They were obviously not in the game mentally when it resumed, and they ended up losing to a team they were favored to beat. A loss to Belgium in their next match left Denmark needing a big win against Russia in their final match of the Group Stage.
Denmark got exactly what they needed with their 4-1 win against Russia. Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle scored late to ensure the Danes would go through on goal differential, and they seized the opportunity in the knockout rounds. They routed Wales 4-0 in the Round of 16 thanks to a brace from Kasper Dolberg, and Denmark bested the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarterfinals with goal from Dolberg and Thomas Delaney.
England has not allowed a goal in seven straight matches. The Three Lions won their group thanks to victories over Croatia and the Czech Republic, and they bested Germany in the Round of 16 as super sub Jack Grealish set up Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane for scores. Gareth Southgate and England had no trouble against Ukraine in the quarterfinals, thrashing their opponent 4-0 as Kane notched a brace and Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson scored goals on set pieces.
What to Watch
The Danes have gotten a huge spark from Kasper Dolberg. Dolberg replaced the injured Yussuf Poulsen in the lineup during the knockout rounds, and he has delivered in a big way. He has been surprisingly threatening up top, and he is likely to earn a hefty pay raise as a result of his performance. There aren’t a lot of great attacking options for Denmark though. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Martin Braithwaite have played well, but the Danes can’t win a high-scoring game.
England can win a high-scoring game. Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have both been superb during this competition, and we have seen solid play out of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Jack Grealish too. The midfield has played well with Jordan Henderson and Mason Mount proving their worth, but the best play has been from England’s back line. Harry Maguire and John Stones are as solid of a center back pair as you will find in the world, while Jordan Pickford is superb in net.
The winner of this match will certainly be seen as a team of destiny. Both of these teams have their fans dreaming of European glory, but England will prevail thanks to their overwhelming talent advantage.