One of the key themes of Euro 2020 in the group phase will be home advantage, because the decision is to rotate the host venues of the tournament.
Ordinarily, some of these early games might be too close to call, but with home advantage Denmark become a warm favourite here in Copenhagen against Finland in the Group B opener.
The Danes will play all three of their group games in front of their own supporters, and that gives them a huge edge in their hopes of reaching the last 16.
As for Finland, this is their first major tournament appearance in quite some time, and they will be desperate to enjoy the occasion. But they won’t be there to make up the numbers, and after qualifying in second place behind Italy they might just fancy their chances of causing a huge upset in this Group B opener on June 13.
So where is the smart betting money going? Let’s take a look in this comprehensive Denmark vs Finland preview.
Playing at home is of course a huge advantage, and the bookies have priced up their Denmark vs Finland betting odds accordingly.
That means that the Danes are the favourites at odds of 1.55, with Finland an outsider in Copenhagen at 6.00. The draw can be backed at 4.00.
2. Denmark vs Finland Predictions
All eyes will be on Denmark here, who will be playing in front of roughly 38,000 home fans at the Parken Stadium.
They will be confident too after qualifying in unbeaten fashion with four wins and four draws in their qualification campaign. The Danes won three of their four home matches and secured positive draws away at Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland, so there will be plenty of buzz about their game.
There is an elephant in the room, however. Denmark’s key player is Christian Eriksen, the brilliant midfielder with an eye for goal and a killer pass. He scored five times in qualifying, assisted many more, and is crucial to the Danes’ hopes.
But he has not enjoyed a good season at Tottenham, so in January he moved to Inter Milan to play some first team football. That means that by the time the Euros comes around, he should not be lacking in match fitness and sharpness. That will be a huge impediment to Denmark’s hopes of success.
That’s because they don’t have a natural goalscorer in their ranks. The likes of Yussuf Poulsen and Robert Stov are capable, while Kasper Dolberg hasn’t quite progressed as many thought he might after breaking through at Ajax.
So, this is a solid Denmark team who might struggle for goals in Euro 2020.
What do we know about Finland? Well, they qualified in typical fashion by being excellent on home soil but vulnerable away. They won four of their five games in front of their own supporters, but on the road they ran into trouble: losing at Italy, Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In attack they have Teemu Pukki, who has been scoring goals in the Premier League, while the likes of Glen Kamara and Lukas Hradecky are highly-regarded talents with European football experience.
Our Denmark vs Finland predictions are centred around that man Eriksen however. If he shows his best form, Denmark will be tough to beat on home soil.
3. Denmark vs Finland Betting Tips
Home advantage and possession of the only world-class player on the pitch….we have to be siding with the hosts in our Denmark vs Finland betting tips.
When we refer back to World Cup 2018, we remember the Danes as being a solid if rather unspectacular side who made it through to the Round of 16, where they were defeated on penalties by eventual finalists Croatia.
All of their games in Russia saw two or fewer goals, and as mentioned they don’t possess a prolific goalscorer in their ranks.