Denmark vs Wales betting tips: UEFA Nations League match preview & predictions

Denmark vs Wales prediction: Denmark 1-2 Wales

These two sides come into this Nations League clash in very different moods.

Denmark should’ve been on the up after a decent World Cup campaign but off field controversies will have dampened the mood.

For Wales, the Ryan Giggs era got properly up and running on Thursday night and it could hardly have gone any better.

Can they make it two wins out of two or can Denmark join them on 3 points in League B4?

This could be a cracker.

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JUNE 21: Christian Eriksen of Denmark celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and Australia at Samara Arena on June 21, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Denmark vs Wales: Who will win?

This is a tough game to call.

Denmark will field a side full of very talented players and are evens to begin their Nations League campaign with victory.

Wales’ last win in a competitive game away from home agaisnt a side ranked higher than them came 5 years ago.

That was when they beat Scotland 2-1 and, as Denmark are currently 10 places higher than they are, they are 13/5 to do that here.

A draw is 5/2.

Both sides are full of attacking talent and both teams to score is evens.

Gareth Bale: Wales' all-time top goal scorer

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 02: Gareth Bale of Wales shoots during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale became Wales’ all time top scorer in March when he bagged a hat-trick against China in Nánníng. The Welsh wizard 9/2 to score first, 8/5 to score anytime and 17/2 to score a brace.

Denmark’s main man for goals also has a Tottenham connection.

Current Tottenham man Christian Eriksen has scored 11 goals in his last 16 competitive internationals and is 11/2 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Denmark vs Wales: Match preview

Denmark’s preparation for this fixture has been far from smooth but was on a real high just beforehand.

Last November, a 5-1 win in Dublin booked their place at the World Cup finals in Russia.

It was to be their fifth appearance at a World Cup and meant they’d made it to 3 of the last 5 tournaments.

A 1-0 over Peru was followed by draws with Australia and France to book their place in the round of 16.

There, they met Croatia and after the match finished 1-1, it went to penalties.

Despite Kasper Schmeichel making two saves, Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schöne and Nicolai Jørgensen all missed their spot kicks and Denmark were out.

Since then it has been utter chaos.

The players union in Denmark went on strike over a disagreement surrounding contracts from image rights.

This meant that, former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen was interim manager and he took a team of amateurs and futsal players to face Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, they lost but they kept it down to a respectable 3-0 scoreline.

Since then the strike has been temporarily postponed so Åge Hareide will be back managing the side which will contain all of his star players.

Not the ideal build up but all the same, they are a strong team and will give Wales a very tough test.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark saves a penalty from Luka Modric of Croatia 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Two Welsh wins in a week?

For Wales, unlike their opponents, they had to watch the World Cup from home.

Nevertheless, the Euro 2016 semi-finalists are desperate to be back at a tournament and on Thursday’s evidence they won’t be away long.

They hosted the Republic of Ireland in their UEFA Nations League opener in what was Ryan Giggs’ first competitive game in charge.

First half goals by Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey put them in a cruising position.

Connor Roberts’ then scored his first international goal in the second half and even a late consolation goal for the visitors couldn’t dampen the mood.

However, they should expect a much tougher test as they head to Aarhus Idrætspark.

With Ireland seemingly struggling and destined for League C, these two will probably be fighting it out for top spot.

A Denmark win would put them level at the top and maybe give them the advantage.

On the flip side, a Welsh victory would give them a 6 point lead over their opponents and put them in the box seat for promotion, even at this very early stage.

All to play for.

Denmark team news vs Wales

SARANSK, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Peru and Denmark at Mordovia Arena on June 16, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Due to everything that has gone on in the last few days, it is hard to predict Denmark’s team.

What is certain though is that Kasper Schmeichel will start between the sticks; he has only missed 3 of 26 competitive fixtures since becoming the number 1 in 2013.

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen last appearance came at the World Cup, he hasn’t featured at all for new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Nevertheless, he is set to start along side captain Simon Kjær of Sevilla.

Thomas Delaney of Borussia Dortmund will sit in midfield to allow more creative players to flourish.

Namely Christian Eriksen who scored 11 goals and got 3 assists in their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.

And despite having a tough time recently, Andreas Cornelius will start up front.

He missed the decisive penalty in a Europa League qualifier for Italian side Atalanta against his old side København. He’s since been shipped off to Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux.

Can the former Cardiff City man add to his 4 international goals here?

Wales team news vs Denmark

DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 24: Gareth Bale of Wales discusses a missed chance with Chris Gunter of Wales after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Wales’ team news is far more straight forward.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it for Ryan Giggs.

Wayne Hennessey will win his 78th cap which will see him draw level with Craig Bellamy in fifth in the list of all time appearance makers.

Signinifcantly lower down that list is Connor Roberts. Regardless, he was magnificent on only his third appearance, he marked it by scoring his first ever senior goal on Thursday.

The man who caught all headlines though was Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu. He bossed the midfield area but this could be an even bigger challenge for him.

If they can continue Thursday’s form, Aaron Ramsey, David Brooks and Tom Lawrence would prove too hot for handle for any defence.

The same always applies to Gareth Bale. His screamer against Ireland was his fourth goal already this season for club and country and he could prove to be the difference for Wales once again.

Predicted Denmark team vs Wales

Predicted Wales team vs Denmark

The latest tweets from Denmark pre Wales

The latest tweets from Wales pre Denmark

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Gareth Bale to score the first goal: 9/1!