The curtain of knock out stage is bound to be raised this weekend. The two runners up from group A and B, Wales and Denmark will be locking horns for the first ticket to the quarter finals. Both sides’ confidence are flying high, especially Kasper Hjulmand’s men after their impressive form in their last outing. This clash will be staged in Johan Cryuff Arena, Amsterdam.
Both teams’ previous games
Wales managed to finish on the second after avoiding a big loss from Italy. They only conceded one goal through Matteo Pessina before the interval. Rob Page’s side displayed their solidity at the backline.
Denmark was able to overturn their dark days in their campaign after smashing Russia 4-1 earlier this week. Mikkel Damsgaard scored an opener, followed by Yrary Poulsen’s, Andres Christensen’s and Joachiem Maehle’s goal. Sbornaya could only reply once by Artem Dzyuba’s penalty.
Rob Page would still opt for 4-5-1 with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Kiefer Moore is still the main man upfront, supported by Aaron Ramsey behind him plus Gareth Bale and Daniel James on both flanks. The only name ruled out for this fixture is Ethan Ampadu.
His counterpart, Kasper Hjulmand seems to be in favour of 3-4-2-1 more this time following the absence of Christian Eriksen after his sudden collapse. RB Leipzig man Yusuf Poulsen shall feature the targetman role while Martin Braithwaite and Mikkel Damsgaard provide support by playing out wide or behind him. In the midfield, Pierre Hojberg and Thomas Delaney will be paired up in front of the back three whereas Daniel Wass and Joachiem Maehle shall be deployed on both wings.
Players to watch
Real Madrid man Gareth Bale, remains the key man of the squad although the Welsh Wizard has not scored a single goal yet in the tournament. Bale only managed to provide double assists so far. Some other vital figures of the team are Aaron Ramsey, the front man Kiefer Moore was unable to create decent chances in Rome, and the winger Daniel James.
Meanwhile, Yrary Yusuf Poulsen has been in-form as the front man. He ha netted two goals so far. He shall be accompanied by Mikkel Damsgaard who has just earned five caps but has already bagged three goals, including an opener against Russia. Another key figure for the Danes is the skipper Simon Kjaer.
Wales vs Denmark Prediction
This encounter is bound to be even. Yet, when it comes to the counter attack, Gareth Bale and Co should be careful as Kasper Hjulmand’s side is fairly quick in the transition from the defence to offence. If Wales can not improve their defensive stance, Denmark would clinch the opportunity to pick up a win here.
In this tight affair, neither side is considered the favourite., Wales are backed to win higher at 22/5. The draw result is at the value of 40/17, whereas Simon Kjaer and Co are tipped to win at 11/12.