Denmark vs Finland
SAT 12 JUN 2021 – KO 17:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
It’s Denmark vs Finland in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on the 12th June, with kick-off scheduled for 17:00. Denmark will be hoping to get their tournament off to a winning start in front of their home supporters in the Danish capital.
The Danes have lost just once against Finland in the past 50 years. So our Danish friends (Ooh Danish Friends!) should be confident heading into their opening Euro 2020 (21) game against their Scandinavian rivals.
Manager Kasper Hjulmand has enjoyed a decent spell in charge of the National team since he took over from Åge Hareide. Kasper Hjulmand’s team have suffered just two defeats in 11; both came against Belgium.
In qualifying for the 2020 (21) tournament, Denmark finished second in their group, unbeaten and just one point behind group winners Switzerland.
The Danish squad contains several well-known names; among them is goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The Leicester City player will be aiming to emulate his father’s achievement of lifting the European Championship trophy with Demark (1992). Premier League fans will also be familiar with Christian Eriksen and Jannik Vestergaard.
One player to keep an eye on during the Tournament is Robert Skov. The forward broke the record for the most goals in a single Danish SuperLiga season before moving to the German Bundesliga. The 25-year-old is making a name for himself as a free-kick specialist.
While I don’t believe this will be an easy game for Denmark, they have more than enough talent to beat Finland. A win will set them up nicely for a fascinating encounter against Belgium in their second group game.
Finland head into their opening Euro 2020 (21) game as underdogs, Paddy Power currently have Denmark as the clear favourites to win this clash. Nevertheless, recent wins against France and Ireland will give Markku Kanerva’s team confidence ahead of their tough opening fixture.
To have any chance of entering the tournament’s final stages, Finland will need to come away from Copenhagen with at least a point. Their second game is a winnable fixture against Russia. However, the final group game is against the supremely skillfully Belgium side, and I can’t see Finland getting much from that match.
Finland will be looking for Norwich City star Pukki to find the back of the net against Denmark. The Finnish forward has been instrumental in Norwich City’s return to the Premier League this season. Joel Pohjanpalo, who currently plays his football with Union Berlin, is another forward to watch.
Overall, I think Denmark will prove too strong for Finland. However, recent performances suggest Markku Kanerva’s are capable of springing a surprise.
Squad selection and specific team news will be available closer to the tournament.