Denmark Euro Cup Betting Prediction – Danes Will Get Buried In “Group of Death”
Sports betting sharps that follow the beautiful game of soccer will always look for the “group of death” in a major tournament, and at this summer’s European Championship, Denmark was very unlucky to land in a group with Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. That is going to be their downfall, even though the Danes are a talented squad with plenty to look forward to.
Manager: Morton Olsen (since July 2000)
Best Euro Finish: Champions (1992)
Euro Cup Betting Odds: +1200 to win Group B, +8000 to win Euro 2012
The Danes scored 15 goals in eight games on their way to the top of Group H, and the strike pairing of Dennis Rommedahl and Nicklas Bendter can be a handful for anyone, especially Rommedahl, who isn’t just a finisher, but he can set up goals as well. Bendter famously said that he was one of the best strikers in the world and has been in the news more for his headlines than his scoring prowess, and this would be the perfect time for the 24-year-old to prove it as this could be Rommedahl’s last tournament for his country. Michael Krohn-Delhi can also put the ball in the back in the net as well for the Danes.
However, there will also be a lot of attention on Christian Eriksen, who is only 20, but many think he’ll be the one to propel Denmark’s soccer betting chances this summer. Eriksen is an attacking midfielder who was named the Danish Player of the Year in 2011 and it seems to be only a matter of time before he leaves Ajax for one of the European giants. This could be the tournament where Eriksen asserts himself as the leader of the Danish future.
But Denmark’s soccer betting odds in Poland and the Ukraine could very well depend on their defense, which allowed six goals in eight qualification games. Thomas Sorensen has been holding Stoke City up in the English Premier League and the 35-year-old keeper is still an excellent shot-stopper. Captain Daniel Agger has been in and out of the lineup both for his country and his club, Liverpool, but he appears to be healthy now and that’s a good thing for Sorensen as Agger is one of the best central defenders in England when he is at 100%. It appears as though Simon Kjaer has the pole position in slotting alongside Agger, while William Kvist plays the holding role in front of the defense.
On the outside, Lars Jacobsen is probably playing in his final international tournament at 32 years old, but he scored once in 2011 and can still do a job for the Red and Whites. Denmark is a disciplined squad who can keep their shape, and that is going to crucial to their chances this summer because of the group that they’re in.
Morten Olsen could be in his final tournament as the Danish manager and he would love to at least through the group stage, which they did in 2004, but Denmark didn’t even qualify for the Euros in 2008 and their World Cup track record under Olsen has been a mixed bag as well as they went to the round of 16 in 2002, didn’t qualify in 2006 and fell out in Round 1 in 2010. That he received such an awful group in what could be his swan song leading the Danish team is a tough break for Olsen.
But there is a solid combination of youth and experience throughout the Danish squad that could be confident after topping a group with Portugal, who they’ll see again this summer, and that could push them on in Poland and the Ukraine. But they need some fortune in order to make it to the knockout portion of Euro 2012, because even though they are talented, Denmark doesn’t have the talent of the Germans and the Dutch, and you could argue Portugal as well, despite what just happened in qualification.
How It Will Play Out
Soccer betting odds have the Danes at +1200 to win Group B, and +8000 to win the tournament for the first time since 1992, but winning the group shouldn’t even be their priority. In front of them, Denmark has a team that is favored to win the European Championship and romped through the World Cup in South Africa (Germany), the World Cup finalists (the Netherlands) and a team that has one of the top three players in the world in their squad (Portugal).
Denmark needs to play a perfect tournament just to get through the group stage, which is a shame because they would be able to really show what they have in another group, but Group B is too stacked. The Danes will need a few breaks to go their way to overcome the online betting odds this summer.