Wales vs Denmark – Context:
There is a lot of emotions attached to this time with Wales reaching back to back knockout rounds of European Championship tournaments and Denmark looking to go as far as they can to honour their absent colleague Christian Eriksen.
From the position of Wales they will be happy with their opponents considering a second place finish in the group. The with so many nations who have topped their group having more difficult ties, Rob Page will see Denmark as an opportunity.
The same can be said for Denmark themselves after finishing behind Belgium in their group.
Denmark rank 10th in the FIFA world standing whereas Wales are 17th.
For whoever progresses it is sure to be a huge achievements with the considerations of both sides.
Wales vs Denmark – Head-to-head:
The head to head record between the pair of balls very much in the Danes favour with 6 wins and 4 losses against Wales.
Interestingly no the last time Wales won was when Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were bursting onto the scene in 2008. Craig Bellamy was still in the squad and scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in Copenhagen.
Since, the pair have faced each other twice in the 2018 Nations League. Denmark winning both 2-0 and 2-1. In the former, Eriksen scored both goals and was present in both matches.
The Danes will of course be without their star man and this could prove pivotal.
Wales vs Denmark – Key battles:
Most importantly for Denmark will be stopping the combinations of Bale and Ramsey. Against Turkey, the ball over the top for Wales was key and therefore Simon Kjaer, Jannik Vestergaard and Andreas Christensen will be on full alert for the passes.
Worryingly for Wales, against the Swiss’ back three, Bale was marked out the game by Manuel Akanji and Ricardo Rodriguez and Vestergaard and Maelhe will be looking to do the same.
On the other side, Christensen and Daniel Wass will be keeping tabs on Dan James.
Wales meanwhile will need to keep tabs on the exciting prospect of 20-year-old Mikkel Damsgaard who scored a great goal for Denmark to open the scoring and set the side on their way to a big 4-1 win. Maybe he can inspire similar scenes on Saturday.
Damsgaard with a lovely goal for Denmark 🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/ccDogaW2Qi
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) June 21, 2021
Wales vs Denmark – The subplots:
One of the highlights of the tournament has been seeing the amazing support for both sides. The sayings in Copenhagen when Denmark smashed Russia to book their place in the last 16 was some of the most magical of the competition so far.
Wales have not had the luxury of being able to play in front of a home crowd but a small devoted number of supporters have made the trip to as far as Azerbaijan and Baku as well as the Italian capital to watch their side play.
However, there could be a scenario where very few of either team, especially Wales, are present at the last 16 bout with the Netherlands not allowing anyone from either country to cross the border due to the pandemic.
Wales vs Denmark – Predicted line-up:
Wales: Ward, Roberts, Meopham, Rodon, Davies, Allen, Morrell, Ramsey, Bale, James, Moore
Denmark: Schmeichel, Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Wass, Delaney, Hojbjerg, Maehle, Braithwaite, Damsgaard, Poulsen