Wales and Denmark will face in the Round of 16 at EURO 2020. The two sides have advanced from their respective groups after hard-fought battles and aim among the top eight sides on the entire continent.
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The Dragons endured one hell of pressure in the last 10 minutes of the game against Italy. If they conceded one more goal, Switzerland would jump over them, finishing second due to a better goal difference. But Rob Page’s side managed to hold on and lose just 1-0, which was enough to see the Dragons in the knockout stage of the EURO for the second straight time.
This unit isn’t particularly gifted when it comes to technique or flair. But on the other side, they compensate that with bravery and relentless fighting throughout all 90 minutes. The biggest strengths are counter-attacks and set pieces. And of course, Gareth Bale.
Wales usually plays low-scoring affairs, especially in competitive matches. As you had a chance to see, all three in the group stage were under 2.5 goals – Switzerland 1-1, Turkey 2-0, and Italy 0-1.
After suffering a shock with Christian Eriksen’s accident, and after that eating another hard blow against Belgium, Denmark bounced back. They demolished Russia 4-1 in the final game of the group stage, passing Finland on the standings and reaching the second spot.
We’ve seen the quality of the Danes already against Belgium, but instead of finishing off the Red Devils, they allowed the rivals to come back and eventually win. After that one, many doubted the mentality of the Danish players, which turned to be a big mistake.
It is quite interesting to see Denmark allowing goals so frequently. In all three games of the group stage, they conceded at least once, but when looking at the results before those, you can see that Schmeichel kept clean sheets in long streaks.
Wales vs. Denmark Pick and Prediction
We expect this one to be a very tough and conservative clash. It is the first match of the knockout stage, meaning that both head coaches are going to be extra careful, which further implies low scoring. And to be perfectly clear, even if Wales and Denmark met in some other circumstances, the pick would be the same. Their style of play isn’t suitable for high efficiency.-->
EURO 2020 Pick: Under 2.5 goals -135