By News Team
7th September 2020
Having overcome Iceland in their opening Nations League game, England face another away trip in the competition as they play Denmark on Tuesday evening in Copenhagen.
Here is our look ahead to the encounter as Gareth Southgate’s side seek to make it two wins from two.
Southgate hoping for a more cohesive performance
Given we’ve barely started the 2020/21 season, it was unsurprising that England lacked a bit of cohesion and spark in their opening contest against Iceland. It takes time to work into a new season and it was clear that Southgate’s side weren’t quite at the level we’ve come to expect from them in recent years. A Kyle Walker red card didn’t help matters either and although they led through a Raheem Sterling penalty, they were very fortunate to grab the win as Birkir Bjarnason blazed over the bar from the spot in stoppage time.
Southgate will be happy to have got a positive result in his team’s first competitive contest for a while, but there is clearly plenty to work on against the Danes in their next outing, where England are EVS for victory – notably up front, where they struggled to create clear-cut chances despite having the ball for the majority against Iceland.
It will be interesting to see how the England manager sets the Three Lions up on Tuesday, but with Harry Kane not playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday, you would expect the Spurs man to start again here. Kane is 7/2 to open the scoring in Copenhagen, while he’s 6/5 to score anytime. Sterling, fresh off that winning penalty against Iceland, is 9/2 to score first.
Denmark looking to bounce back
Having qualified for their first European Championship since 2012, Denmark (5/2) will be hoping to keep momentum going in the Nations League. Ranked 16th in the world, they come into this one having lost 2-0 to the world’s best side (according to the rankings) in Belgium.
Kasper Hjulmand’s men had just one shot on target in that defeat and will need to create more here to have any chance against the visitors. They were in great form prior to that loss, though, with their last defeat in 90 minutes coming to Montenegro in late 2016. Denmark were undefeated in the World Cup and were only knocked out by beaten finalists Croatia on penalties in the round of 16, so this isn’t going to be a straightforward contest for England.
The Danes have some solid players, but their best is by far former Spurs man Christian Eriksen, who is the man who makes things tick. He hasn’t quite had the impact that Inter Milan hoped he would, but he’s still a top-class player on his day and England will certainly be wary of the quality he can produce. If you fancy Eriksen to find the target on Tuesday, he’s 27/10 to score anytime.