Without a doubt the most interesting clash in the final round of Euro 2012 qualifiers will see Denmark and Portugal battle for one place at the final tournament.
Even the loser of the tie could achieve automatic qualification, as the best second-placed side, but for that to happen, they will need Sweden not to win their home game against the Netherlands.
Denmark have been doing pretty well under legendary coach Morten Olsen, dropping just five points in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, with 16 points from 7 games a pretty good return considering the quality of the sides in Group H.
Following the hard-fought draw in Norway, Denmark went on to win their next three games, beating Iceland and Cyprus away as well as Norway at home, and another win would see them clinch their place at the final tournament. The Danes are 3.50 (5/2) with Bet365 to claim maximum points.
Daniel Agger and Mathias Jorgensen remain sidelined, but coach Olsen believes that Andreas Bjelland and Simon Kjaer will be able to keep the opposition strikers at bay.
Denmark largely impressed in their last game in Cyprus, so coach Olsen is unlikely to make any changes to the starting line-up.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Sorensen – Jacobsen, Kjaer, Bjelland, S. Poulsen – Kvist, Zimling – Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli – Bendtner.
Portugal had a pretty slow start under new coach Paulo Bento, having shared spoils with Cyprus at home before losing in Norway, but they soon returned to the right track.
After winning the derby game against Denmark at home, Portugal beat Iceland twice, Norway and Cyprus to climb to the Group H summit.
Paulo Bento’s side now need just one point to make it to the final tournament, but the coach says his team will be going for a win in Denmark, with Ladbrokes paying 2.70 (17/10) on away win.
Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Hugo Almeida didn’t make the squad because of injury, but there are no fresh injury worries, meaning that we could see the same side that beat Iceland on Friday.
There is a reason to believe that this match will end in draw if Sweden fail to beat Netherlands, as in that case both Portugal and Denmark would be through to the final tournament. Draw pays 2.75 (7/4) with Paddy Power.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Patricio – J. Pereira, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Eliseu – Moutinho, Meireles, Martins – Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo.