Denmark will host Switzerland at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen on Saturday in what is a huge encounter in Group D of the Euro 2020 qualifying groups. Both nations are still unbeaten with Denmark sitting second and the Swiss are just behind them in third, however they do have a game in hand. The winner of this match will put themselves in a great position to finish in the top two, so it’s a game that will be painful for either side to lose.
Denmark’s last outing in the qualifiers was a disappointing 0-0 draw away from home against Georgia. That result will have left a sour taste in their mouth’s as a win would have put them top of the group and in an extremely comfortable position going into this match. Switzerland were winner’s in their last match, however, they faced whipping boys Gibraltar so that is a straight forward result for any team in the group.
The Danes and the Swiss have already met when they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw during matchday 2 all the way back in March. Switzerland were 3-0 up and cruising before Denmark mounted an incredible comeback with started in the 84th minute and was completed in stoppage time. I think we will be in for a much tighter affair this time around.
Denmark are in a good position going into the match against Switzerland as they currently have very few, if any, injury concerns. There is expected to be a dilemma for manager Age Hareide as he needs to decide who gets the nod up front between Christian Gytkjaer, Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Cornelius.
Winger Robert Skov is expected to start out wide instead of Martin Braithwaite. Joachim Andersen and Bournemouth’s Philip Billing could deputise in this fixture.
The Swiss will be without Steven Zuber, Francois Moubandje and a very key player in Xherdan Shaqiri. The injured trio will be out of the two matches against Denmark and then the Republic of Ireland.
Forwards Admir Mehmedi and Remo Freuler are expected to compete against each other for a place in the starting line-up. Switzerland manager Vladamir Petkovic has experimented with the 3-4-3 formation in previous qualifiers, it is uncertain whether he will stick with that during their trip to Denmark.
The first meeting between these two sides did end as an entertaining 3-3 draw, however, I think we will be in for a completely different scenario this time around. Group D is now starting to take shape and it would be a disaster for either nation to lose this game, as the winning side would give themselves a serious advantage going into the final few games of qualification. I believe this will be a low-scoring game with both manager’s knowing the consequences if they suffer a defeat here, therefore I would suggest backing under 2.5 goals at @ 1.61. It’s fair to say the bookmakers don’t see another 3-3 happening again either.
This is going to be a close-fought encounter, but I do fancy Denmark to edge it, especially given the home advantage and how much that factor helps them. Denmark are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, and they have only lost once at home in their last 13 European Championship qualifiers, winning nine of those. If anyone is going to edge this game and sneak the three points, I would expect it to be Denmark due to the advantage of hosting the match.