Denmark vs Belgium: Context, H2H, key battles, subplots & predicted line-ups

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Nacer Chadli

Denmark vs Belgium – Context

In Denmark’s previous fixture, context went out the window. Football was secondary to the well-being of Christian Eriksen after the Dane collapsed, requiring CPR from teammates and medics before a defibrillator was able to stabilise him.

Denmark went on to lose the game 1-0 to Finland in what was easily described as an impossible situation to be put in by the match organisers.

It was revealed by Kasper Schmeichel’s father, Peter, that the Danish side had been given 3 choices either play the game then and there, the next day or forfeit the match to a 3-0 defeat.

This has brought much criticism of UEFA, however they now must play the group favourites Belgium knowing another loss would severely damage their chances of progression.

Should Belgium win, progression is all but guaranteed.

Denmark vs Belgium – H2H

Like the fact that Belgium are seen as a late bloomer on the European stage, their historic record with Denmark, a side who have had quality throughout their participation in the sport, is a good one.

Both sides have won 6 times against their opponents with 3 draws being played out.

The last time the pair met was in the 2020 Nations League group. Playing each other twice, Belgium won both games.

The first test in Copenhagen saw Belgium win 2-0 with goals from Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens.

In Leuven, Belgium ran out 4-2 winners with goals from Tielemans, De Bruyne and Lukaku (x2). Denmark earned their goals through a Nacer Chadli own goal and Jonas Wind equalising in the 17th minute.

Denmark vs Belgium: Context, H2H, key battles, subplots & predicted line-ups

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City gives a thumbs up to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

Denmark vs Belgium – Key battles

Simon Kjaer had to be substituted against Finland in the second half, clearly struggling with the situation he found himself in, replaced by Jannik Vestergaard of Southampton.

Should Kjaer return, he and Andreas Christiansen will need to be fully focused to deal with a forward line of unbelievable ability. Eden Hazard could return and replace Yannick Carrasco on the left, but Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens will be looking to tear apart the Danish defence.

Belgium’s back three took a hit after losing Jan Vertonghen and the right wing-back Timothy Castagne was lost with a broken eye socket.

Thomas Meunier and Thomas Vermaelen have come in and will need to deal with Martin Braithwaite, Youssef Poulson and the addition of Kasper Dolberg. Mathias Jensen is expected to fill the role of Eriksen.

Denmark vs Belgium: Context, H2H, key battles, subplots & predicted line-ups

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Martin Braithwaite of Denmark runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Denmark vs Belgium – Subplots

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Kasper Schmeichel will be up against a number of his club teammates. With Castagne out, Belgium can call upon Tielemans or Dennis Praet. The Dane will be hoping to stop any long range efforts from Tielemans who helped his club side win the FA Cup with such an effort.

Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku will not be facing teammate Eriksen in what will surely be an emotional match for him. The player celebrated his goal against Russia by going to the camera and telling the former Spurs midfielder to stay strong.

Andreas Christiansen will be up against two former Chelsea teammates in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. He will likely face the stopper at any set plays for Denmark whilst, should he be fit to play, be looking to keep out Hazard at all costs.

Denmark vs Belgium – Predicted line-ups

Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Wass, Kjaer, Christensen, Maehle; Delaney, Hojbjerg, Jensen; Poulsen, Dolberg, Braithwaite

Denmark vs Belgium: Context, H2H, key battles, subplots & predicted line-ups

Denmark predicted line-up to play Belgium.

Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vermaelen; Meunier, Tielemans, Dendoncker, T.Hazard; Mertens, Lukaku, E. Hazard

Denmark vs Belgium: Context, H2H, key battles, subplots & predicted line-ups

Belgium predicted line-up vs Denmark.

 

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