Now there are only a few days left before the Euro 2020 finally begins. For the German national team, it’s all about getting in shape in time for the start.
That is why Joachim Löw’s team is testing against a strong opponent. In Innsbruck, it will be a rematch of the 1992 European Championship final. Read my Germany-Denmark tip for betting fans to find out what I think the two teams will achieve.
Is Germany really a favourite to win the European Championship? While the bookies have the DFB team high up on their list, the mood in the country is divided. After the preliminary round exit at the 2018 World Cup and some weak performances in recent months, the three-time European champions are under a lot of pressure.
Also because they are going straight into the hammer group with Portugal, France and Hungary. Despite all the scepticism, national coach Joachim Löw is optimistic and wants to reach the semi-finals. He has already nominated his squad, with Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller returning.
Before the match against France on 15 June, Germany will test its form against a strong opponent next Wednesday. It will be against Denmark, ranked one place above the DFB in the world rankings.
They last tested against Danish Dynamite four years ago and drew 1-1. A good result is a must, because everyone still remembers the most recent performance. At the end of March, in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, there was an embarrassing 1:2 against North Macedonia.
The two victories, a narrow 1:0 against Romania and the 3:0 against Iceland, had not caused any jubilation either. In addition, the match with which Germany said goodbye to 2020 had it all: 0:6 against Spain!
Their own fans no longer see a top team in the DFB team. It is still unclear who will start on Wednesday. Löw will have to do without Werner, Havertz and Rüdiger, recent Champions League winners with Chelsea.
Kroos and Goretzka are also said to be shaky. The national coach will try to find a possible European Championship starting line-up. In any case, his team is favoured, with betting odds averaging 2.30.
Close together in the world rankings – Denmark has every reason to believe that it will be a test match at eye level. The 1992 European champions definitely want to reach the last 16 at the European Championship.
Belgium will be a difficult opponent to beat, but Finland and Russia have to be beaten. Do the Danes even need the test against Germany? After all, 2021 is going brilliantly. They didn’t let anything go to waste in the World Cup qualifiers.
2:0 against Israel, 8:0 against Moldova and 4:0 against the supposedly toughest opponent from Austria – offence and defence harmonise in harmony. No wonder, after all, this national team is well-staffed everywhere.
The central defence shines in the Premier League or Serie A, in midfield the Italian champion Christian Eriksen has his hat on. Leipzig’s Youssuf Poulsen, meanwhile, goes in search of goals.
Germany – Denmark: Statistics & Facts
Reconciliation? After the 1:2 against North Macedonia, Germany needs a win for the mood.
Strong: Since September 2018, Denmark have only lost 2 times (to Belgium).
Draw: In the most recent direct duel in 2017, there was a 1-1 draw.
Already last year, Denmark showed why they might even be a small secret favourite for the European Championship title. In the Nations League, there were four points and no goals conceded against England, only the two defeats (0:2 and 2:4) against Belgium stand out negatively.
The defence did not concede a goal in eight of the last eleven international matches. The two defeats against Belgium were the only ones since September 2018.
There is no question that this nation has played its way back into the extended world elite in recent years. At the 2018 World Cup, they even managed a 0-0 draw in the group stage against eventual champions France.
Although Denmark has upgraded quite a bit, the odds comparisons send them into the match against Germany as underdogs. A 3.40 is quite possible.