Tuesday 14/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Denmark vs Portugal
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Portugal was supposed to dominate Group I but after the first round, they are sitting in the last place with no point and the shameful defeats to Albania. Denmark was only slightly more successful against this small nation, but they claimed all three points in the match played against Armenia. The two teams meet today in Copenhagen, but the visitors are the ones that are in dire need of victory.
Denmark vs Portugal Odds
Denmark 3.40, Draw 3.40, Portugal 2.30
Denmark vs Portugal Tips
One month ago, when Portugal played against Albania, coach Bento decided to rely mostly on the reserves, as he didn't expect the difficult encounter. The visitors defended with all lines and when the opportunity presented itself in the second half scored, then brilliantly defended the narrow advantage.
Tonight, the manager will take no chances and field its most offensive players, with Cristiano now spearheading the offensive. The good news is that there are no injured players and no suspensions to worry about, so even though they play against a better team, the Portuguese are favorites to prevail.
The hosts can consider themselves lucky to have four points after the two preliminary rounds, because they failed to meet expectations in either of those games. Both Armenia and Albania took the lead and hadn't it been for the goal scored in the last minutes of the games, Denmark would've struggled at the bottom of the group, next to Portugal.
A draw tonight would mean a great deal for the Scandinavian nation, as they are trying to consolidate their position. The second-place in this group would be enough to see them through to the European championship and they have good reasons to expect Albania and Armenia to choke in the remaining rounds. That's why the hosts will use a 5-4-1 starting formation with only Bendtner upfront.
- Portugal will take the initiative early on and try to capitalize on its superior offensive, while the hosts would try to defend the scoreless draw.
- Portugal has the advantage in the head to head games, winning nine and only losing in three matches
Denmark vs Portugal Prediction
There are plenty of reasons against backing Portugal at low odds on the road, but tonight bookmakers are finally offering reasonable ones. Given the fact that they struggle recently and lost the friendly game against France as well, the Portuguese are regarded as only slight favorites. As far as punters are concerned, 2.30 with Pinnacle Sports is more than enough to justify a wager on the team that played the Euro 2012 semifinals.
Bet: Portugal @ 2.30 with Pinnacle Sports