The Danish Dynamite seems to be having their moment to revive the 1992 glory here. Their positive trend endures and could go on further. Yet, they are not the only one which attempts to reminisce the good memory of the past. Simon Kjaer’s next opposition happens to be Czech Republic. They are keen on reviving the spirit of 2004 team when they defeated Denmark 3-0 at the very same stage. Patrick Schick and Co would seek for more inspiration from Milan Baros who eventually became the top scorer in Portugal 2004, the step Schick is trying to follow. This encounter will be contested in Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan,
Both teams’ previous games
Czech Rep surprisingly stumbled one of the favourites, Netherlands in the round of 16. Lady luck began to take their side as De Oranje’s centre back, Mathijs de Ligt, was sent off. Such led to the Dutch’s losing confidence before eventually conceding through Tomas Holes and Patrick Schick.
Denmark’ great form continued in the round of 16 after running rampant against Wales. They smashed The Dragons 4-0 by Kasper Dolberg’s brace, Joachim Maehle’s and Martin Braithwaite’s goal.
Jaroslav Silhavy will be sticking to same formation, 4-2-3-1. Patrick Schick is still the frontman with Antonin Barak featuring the behind him as the number ten plus Lukas Masopust and Jakub Jankto on both flanks while in the midfield, West Ham man Tomas Soucek and Tomas Holes remain the key figures in the middle.
Kasper Hjulmand is unlikely to change his 3-4-2-1 formation. However, he will be sweating on the doubtful fitness of Simon Kjaer alongside Yusuf Poulsen for this fixture. Fulham man, Joachim Andersen is the only name to deputise the skipper’s role while Kasper Dolberg shall get a nod upfront supported by Mikkel Damsgaard and Martin Braithwaite.
Players to watch
Bayer Leverkusen frontman, Patrick Schick is on the way of equalising his tally to Milan Baros, the Czech striker in EURO 2004 who happened to be the top scorer of that edition. He has bagged four goals so far, or just one goal away from Baros’. Another key man to watch is the Verona man Antonin Barak who can help being a decoy for Schick in an aerial duel at their attacking phase.
Denmark’s vital figures are none but the entire team. None is much better than the other after Eriksen’s collapse. This collective prowess would be real danger for their opposition. Perhaps, Nice forward Kaspel Dolberg and Atalanta man Joachim Maehle could be expected to score again.
Czech Rep vs Denmak Prediction
This is the real battle of dark horses with stunning form along the way. This might end into a goal galore too. Yet, Kasper Hjulmand’s men has more to offer from his squad with more option on the attack as well as solid defence. Denmark shall pick up a win this time.
This match is meant to be even. Thus, there is no clear favorite here. Jaroslav Silhavy’s side’s odds to win are at 31/10. The draw result is at the value of 23/10, whereas the Danes are backed to win at 13/11.