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Denmark v Scotland Preview And Predictions - World Cup Qualifiers Matchday Four

Denmark v Scotland Preview And Predictions - World Cup Qualifiers Matchday Four

Euro 2020 semifinalists Denmark look to edge closer to a World Cup spot when they take on Scotland at Parken on Wednesday night. The Danes sit top of Group F with three consecutive wins and victory over the Scots would see them in pole position to qualify top of the group. Get involved in the build-up to the World Cup Qualifiers with our preview and predictions for the game.



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These two sides had contrasting fortunes at Euro 2020 with Scotland losing two of three winless games to crash out at the group stages, while Denmark overcame the loss of Christian Eriksen to reach the semi-finals, where they were downed in extra time by England.

Scotland’s most encouraging performance of the tournament came against the Three Lions and they’ll hope to replicate here, with Billy Gilmour set to make his second competitive start having been man of the match at Wembley during the summer. 

Steve Clarke’s midfield options have taken a hit with John McGinn, Scott McTominay and Stuart Armstrong all absent, though he can call upon David Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Kenny McLean in the middle of the park, with Turnbull in particular enjoying a fine start to the season with his form for Celtic.

The visitors can boast an unbeaten start to their World Cup campaign, earning solid draws with Austria and Israel, while making light work of the Faroe Islands. 

Another point in Copenhagen would represent a good result with the Danes already four points clear of the top of Group F after just three rounds of action. Kasper Hjulmand’s side have already scored 14 times without reply and are looking good at both ends of the pitch.

Denmark To Win And Over 2.5 Goals

Denmark have only lost five times in 54 matches over 90 minutes going all the way back to November 2016 (W29-D20-L5). 

Three of those losses were inflicted by Belgium, another when a second-string side took to the field in a friendly with Slovakia, while the other exception came against Finland when Eriksen suffered his cardiac arrest.

The Inter Milan midfielder had very much been the star man for Denmark, playing the creative role in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, though they’ve adapted to his absence with a switch to a strong back three consisting of Premier League duo Andreas Christensen and Jannik Vestergaard, as well as AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer. 

They’re protected by a midfield duo of Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Thomas Delany, though Denmark only have one clean sheet from their past five outings and Scotland will fancy their chances of getting onto the scoreboard.

Half of Scotland’s last eight fixtures have featured four goals, while 10 of Denmark’s past 13 matches have seen a minimum of three, including each of the last five. 

Scotland have only kept three clean sheets in 11 appearances now, with two of those picked up against the Faroe Islands and Luxembourg, so there should be a few chances in this one even if Scotland fall short.

PREDICTION:

DENMARK TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS


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