Preview - Denmark vs Wales 11 September 18

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Uefa Nations League B Group 4
Denmark vs Wales
Monday, September 10th, 2018
01:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Aarhus Stadium

Last five matches form: W D D L L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.80
Top Scorer: Christian Eriksen (23)

Last five matches form: D W L D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.50
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.60
Top Scorer: Gareth Bale (30)

The Uefa Nations League continues into its second round of fixtures with this clash between The Tin Soldiers of Denmark and the Dragons of Wales.

Denmark's last game went largely as expected. Forced to field a squad of Futsal players, the Danes unsurprisingly went down 3-0 to Slovakia. The dispute which kept the senior out of action that day has however now been temporarily cast aside, allowing Christian Eriksen and co to line up for this one.

Even the Danish first team may struggle to live with this Wales side though if they turn up in anything like the form which saw them brush aside the Republic of Ireland in their opening match in this competition. Ryan Giggs men were simply scintillating at times that day and will be keen to keep that level of performance up.

It's dead even between those two sides in the head to head stakes, with four wins apiece from their eight previous matches.

Even discounting that latest clash against Slovakia, Denmark have hardly been lighting up the scoresheet of late, averaging under a goal a game in recent matches.

Wales in contrast looked a serious threat in the final third these days and we fancy that greater attacking prowess may be enough to see them take this one.

Prediction: Denmark 1 - 2 Wales


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  13 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 1
Possession: 56% - 44%

Kasper Schmeichel had his name taken by referee Deniz Ayetkin for Denmark, with Ben Davies and Joe Allen seeing yellow for Wales.

This game was certainly in the balance in the early stages, with Wales if anything looking marginally the more potent attacking threat. Very messy in the middle of the park from both sides though with many passes going astray, resulting in something of a scrappy affair.

If there's one thing this Denmark side do particularly well though it's defend. Having largely quelled the early momentum of Wales, they began to gain more of a foothold in the game and in the 32nd minute took the lead.

One thing not to do when facing the Danes is grant Christian Eriksen time and space in the box. Picked out just inside the area by Henrik Dalsgaard, the Danish talisman controlled expertly before finishing with aplomb, in off the post in the bottom left corner. 1-0 at the break.

The pattern of the second half was largely the same as the first, Wales working into a few threatening positions but being unable to find that killer final ball or finish.

Denmark doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute. Ethan Ampadu handling in the area when attempting to block a cross. This was the type of decision you sometimes see given and sometimes don't, but overall it looked to be the correct call. No mistake from Eriksen from the spot as he finished high to the right-hand side for his second of the night.

Denmark looked the more likely to score on the counter in the remainder of the game as Wales pushed forward but 2-0 it finished.

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