The famous Wembley Stadium in London, England will be the site of the European Championship semifinal matchup between England and Denmark this Wednesday, July 7th with the victor taking on the winner of the Italy vs Spain showdown.
England, the world’s fourth-ranked soccer team, topped Group D during the round-robin stage of the tournament by winner beating Croatia 1-0 and following up with a 0-0 draw with their old enemy Scotland and blanking the Czech Republic 1-0. They then downed Germany 2-0 in the round-of-16 and thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Tenth-ranked Denmark finished in second place in Group B after falling 1-0 to Finland in their opener and then 2-1 to Belgium before advancing with a big 4-1 triumph over Russia. They drilled Wales 4-0 in the round-of-16 and doubled the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
The English squad has scored eight goals thus far while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has yet to be beaten while Denmark has tallied 11 times and keeper Kasper Schmeichel has conceded five. In fact, England hasn’t allowed a goal against in their last seven games in all competitions and has kept a clean sheet in 10 of the past 10 outings.
After leading the 2018 World Cup in scoring, Harry Kane got off to a slow start for England but has now scored three times in the last two games and if he remains hot could be a legitimate contender for the tournament’s Golden Boot. His teammate Raheem Sterling also enters this contest with three goals to his name.
The Danes got off to an awful start as midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered an on-pitch cardiac arrest in their opening match with Finland. However, the team has dealt with adversity well before as Denmark won the 1992 European Championship after not qualifying for the tournament but being admitted as a last-minute replacement for Yugoslavia, who were banned from the event due to an ongoing war in the nation.
Midfielders Thomas Delaney and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be key players for Denmark on Wednesday as well as forward Kasper Dolberg, who has netted three goals so far and Joakim Maehle, who has a pair.
This could be a low-scoring affair though as the last three meetings between the sides have produced a grand total of two goals as each nation has won 1-0 and drawn 0-0. However, each of Denmark’s last four games in this tournament have produced over 2.5 goals per game.
Overall, the teams have faced each other 21 times throughout history since 1948 with England holding the edge at 12 wins, four losses and five draws and outscoring the Danes 36-20. The last time the teams met was in a European Nations contest on Oct. 14, 2020 with Denmark winning 1-0 at Wembley. The lone goal came via a 35th-minute penalty kick, just four minutes after England was reduced to 10 men with a red card to defender Harry Maguire.
As far as injuries go, Christian Eriksen will definitely be missing for Denmark but both sides are reporting healthy squads otherwise.
The current English team has a great deal of depth and this shows in the Bet365 betting odds as they’re listed as 8/11 favorites to win the 90-minute game with Denmark at 17/4 and a draw at 13/5. There are various other team and individual wagers to be made for the match and tournament in general with Bet365 including live in-play betting while the action is taking place.
A win for England, who hoisted the World Cup at Wembley in 1966, would see them reach a European championship final for the first time while Denmark won the title in 1992.