England will be aiming to hold onto top spot in their UEFA Nations League group as they take on Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Half way through the competition’s fixtures and the Three Lions have managed to put themselves in a very promising position with two wins out of their opening three matches which includes the impressive 2-1 success against Belgium last time out. As a result, Southgate’s men are the favourites to progress to the Nations League finals and can be backed at odds of 8/11 with Paddy Power to win the group.
A loss to Denmark at Wembley could change the complexion completely, however. Kasper Hjulmand’s men sit just three points behind their hosts, with a victory and a Belgium loss to Iceland enough for the Danes to claim top spot, albeit potentially temporarily. They are available at a price of 20/1 to top the group come November.
Whilst it is somewhat difficult to see Denmark securing their first win on English soil in just under 17 years on Wednesday, they should certainly not be counted out. After all, they were the better side the last time the two sides met in September but just weren’t quite able to find what would have been an extremely valuable winner in Copenhagen. The visitors are at 9/2 with Betfred to secure victory, whilst the Three Lions are definitely more fancied at 7/10. A draw meanwhile is at 11/4.
One aspect that will certainly help the visitors is the amount of withdrawals that has hit the latest England squad. Full back duo Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier have left the camp with a foot problem and personal reasons respectively. That leaves Southgate with a real problem at left-back, with Bukayo Saka the only player capable of playing the position.
There are also doubts offensively, with Harry Kane’s fitness being called into question, whilst Tammy Abraham is also yet to appear throughout the international break. Nonetheless, the Tottenham Hotspur captain remains the favourite to net the opening goal of the match at a price of 14/5 with William Hill.
From a Danish perspective, Kasper Dolberg is apparently the most likely to strike first, sitting at 17/2 to score the first goal of the game. Unlike England, it could well be a very similar lineup to their last game, with Hjulmand set to call on his big stars such as Christian Eriksen, Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney once again.