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Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Portugal vs. Denmark


Published on: 07/10/2015

Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Portugal vs. Denmark

October 8, 2015 19:45pm – Estádio Municipal de Braga

Euro 2016 – Group I

Portugal can clinch their place at the 2016 European Championships by avoiding defeat at home to Denmark on Thursday night.

A win would secure top place for Fernando Santos’s team

The Portuguese are just three points away from topping the Group I table and just one point away from guaranteeing automatic qualification. On Thursday they welcome a Denmark side that will be playing their final game of the campaign.

Fernando Santos’s team have only been beaten once in their qualifying section having lost 0-1 to Albania back in September 2014. They won both of their other home games against Armenia and Serbia but both neither performance was entirely convincing. They now face a team that has yet to lose on the road.

Denmark looking to finish on a high

A win against Portugal on Thursday would guarantee a place in the top two for Denmark, providing Albania do not win against Serbia. They have yet to be beaten on the road however, their only away win came against bottom club Serbia.

When they faced the Portuguese on home soil last October, it took a Christiano Ronaldo goal deep into injury time to separate the sides. If they lose on Thursday and Albania win, they would still have a chance of making it to France via the play-offs.

Team news

The home side can once again count on the services of reliable Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago who was missing through suspension in the last qualifier. Meanwhile for Martin Olsen’s team, Tottenham attacker Christian Eriksen should return after missing the draw in Armenia through injury.

Recent form (Euro Qualifying)

Portugal: WWWWW

Denmark: DDWWL

Betting odds and tips

Nobody has scored more goals in UEFA European Championship matches than Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo. You can back the Real Madrid man to add to his 26-goal tally anytime in the match at 22/23 with Unibet.

Just like the first match in Copenhagen, this should be a close game and could go either way. The home side will be favourites with a best price of 3/4 available with Paddypower. However the 11/4 on offer from Bet365 for a draw looks like the choice bet.

Published on: 07/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (07/10/2015 17:36:40) but are subject to change.