Denmark vs Scotland World Cup Qualifying 9/1/21 Preview, Tips, Predictions
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It's fair to say that Denmark's experience at Euro 2020 was memorable. From Christian Eriksen's collapse and merciful recovery in his opener against Finland, to his elimination in the overtime semi-final against England at Wembley, the Danes have been sent on an emotional rollercoaster, but one that is over. good humor.
Kasper Hjulmand now hopes his team can build on his positive momentum for this month's World Cup qualifiers and pick up where they left off.
Denmark have a perfect record in their first three group stage matches, scoring 14 goals and conceding no goals.
An 8-0 demolition of Moldova stood between comfortable away victories over Israel and Austria, which took them to the top of Group F, four points ahead of their closest rivals and opponents on Wednesday, Scotland.
Denmark's last competitive encounter with the Scots came at the 1986 World Cup, with the Danes winning 1-0 in the group stage. However, they lost their last two international friendlies against them in 2011 and 2016.
The rojiblancos are prepared to face their toughest test so far in Group F, although it is a match in which they will be confident of scoring three points.
Scotland's time at Euro 2020, their first major tournament in 23 years, was slightly shorter than that of the Danes, with Steve Clarke's men eliminated in the group stage, earning just one point from their three matches.
The Tartan Army experienced more joy in qualifying for the World Cup, earning five points in their first three games, scoring seven goals in the process.
Goals from John McGinn and Ryan Fraser saved draws against Austria and Israel respectively, before the Scots shot to a 4-0 home win over the Faroe Islands in March.
Ahead of the September international recess, Clarke claimed to have experienced the most 'disturbing' and 'disturbing' moment of his tenure in Scotland due to multiple injuries and positive tests for the coronavirus.
Clarke's team may be a bit lighter in some areas, but he still has plenty of good options at his disposal and should name a competitive team that will look to cause trouble in Denmark.
The last time Scotland beat Denmark in a competitive match was in 1975, when a Kenny Dalglish-inspired team clinched a 3-1 win at Hampden Park in qualifying for Euro 1976.
Another victory on Wednesday would see the Tartan army narrow the gap with the group's leaders to just one point at the midpoint.
Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing had hoped to make his first international appearance for Denmark since October 2020, after losing a place on the Euro 2020 squad, but the 25-year-old had to withdraw from the first team. due to illness.
Striker Martin Braithwaite is unlikely to figure as he injured his knee in Barcelona's last game against Getafe.
Captain Simon Kjaer, who, along with the Danish team's medical staff, received the 2021 UEFA President's Award for his efforts to save Eriksen's life, is expected to start at the heart of defense alongside Andreas Christensen and Joachim Andersen.
As for Scotland, Clarke will have to do without a number of first-team members for Wednesday's game, including Celtic duo James Forrest and Greg Taylor, who withdrew from the team due to injury, joining midfielders Scott McTominay and Stuart Armstrong in the treatment table.
Aston Villa's John McGinn and Rangers' Nathan Patterson are not available to face Denmark as they are isolated. McGinn tested positive for the coronavirus, while Patterson was believed to have been in close contact with someone from the Rangers who had contracted the virus.
Winger Stephen O'Donnell has missed Motherwell's last three games due to illness, but was able to train through the weekend and remains in the running to appear.
Clarke will have to decide whether he will start goalkeeper Craig Gordon, 38, or make his international debut for Zander Clark or Liam Kelly, who are called up for the first time.
Scotland will have a chance to win all three points against Denmark, although the hosts will be the favorites to reach the top midweek. A close match will be played in Copenhagen, but we expect the Danes to narrowly win to maintain their perfect qualifying record.
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