Euro 2020 may have been delayed a year until the summer of 2021, but one thing that will remain the same is that the battle for second place in Group B will be as fierce as ever.
We assume that Belgium, aided by their squad of supremely talented players, will take top spot and that Finland, so inexperienced at this level and overly reliant on Teemu Pukki for goals, will finish bottom of the pile.
And so that should, in theory, leave Russia and Denmark to battle it out for the runners-up spot in the group, which of course would carry them through to the knockout phase.
If the rescheduled EURO 2020 takes on the same calendar as the original tournament, Denmark will host this game at their Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Just how much of a factor could that prove to be at the end of the 90 minutes?
In these Russia vs Denmark predictions, we will aim to find out while also serving up to our readers some prime betting value.
Russia are one of the strangest teams in international football.
When you think about the size of the country and its population, and the fact that its domestic leagues are of a high standard, it’s a surprise that they haven’t achieved more in the major competitions.
They enjoyed a good run at the World Cup of 2018 of course, qualifying from their group before beating Spain in the Round of 16. They put in a fine effort against eventual finalists Croatia in the quarter-finals too, eventually going down in a penalty shootout.
What is interesting is that they were on home soil in the World Cup, and that was clearly an inspirational and motivational factor for their players. At Euro 2021, they will play their opening group matches against Belgium and Finland in Saint Petersburg, but here’s the crucial thing: this third and potentially decisive encounter will be played in the Danish capital.
That hands Denmark something of an advantage, and they too enjoyed a solid enough World Cup campaign – ironically, they also lost to Croatia on penalties in the last 16.
They qualified in reasonably good order too, finishing second behind Switzerland but going through their campaign unbeaten (W4 D4 L0) and scoring 23 times in just eight games.
The issue for the Danes is that they perhaps rely too heavily on Christian Eriksen as an attacking force, and will instead try to grind their way through matches – they conceded just twice in four matches at the World Cup.
So in this Denmark vs Russia preview, we have to expect a close-fought game in which the odd goal might just be enough to settle matters in one of the teams’ favour.
3. Russia vs Denmark Betting Tips
In these all or nothing games making accurate predictions is tricky because an early goal can completely change the complexion of the game.
However, we don’t expect there to be an early goal here nor too much action either, because these are two teams more renowned for trying to grind out positive results as opposed to blowing their opponents aside.
In our full Denmark vs Russia betting tips we would certainly be inclined to bet on the Under 2.5 Goals line, because there is so little to separate these defence-minded teams.
But if we are to concentrate on the win-draw-lose betting market, we would perhaps have to give Denmark the edge.
They qualified for Euro 2021 in such impressive fashion, and while shy of a proven goalscorer they still have a number of players that play at a high level of competition domestically – Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer and Yussuf Poulsen are all Champions League regulars for their teams.
Head coach Age Hareide, has made Denmark tough to beat, and on home soil they have to be fancied here.
We are looking forward to play in front of Danish fans in Copenhagen. There will be three close matches, but we want to advance from the pool with as strong a starting point as possible. The matches against Russia and Finland will be crucial, but with the support of Danish fans we can win all the matches. - Age Hareide for official website of DBU
4. Russia vs Denmark Live Stream
It will of course depend on where you live as to the availability of a Denmark vs Russia live stream in your area.
In the UK and parts of Europe you will be able to see this game on your TV, but if you are outside of a broadcast area – or want to watch the action on your mobile device – then your favourite bookmaker may just have a live stream for you.