Russia v Denmark betting tips: Danes in last-chance saloon
Denmark host Russia with their hopes of reaching the knockout stage hanging by a thread after back-to-back defeats in Group B although a win coupled with a Finland defeat by Belgium could see them qualify in second spot.
Russia, though, are back in the mix after bouncing back from a 3-0 defeat by Belgium on matchday one with a 1-0 victory against Finland.
That said, Stanislav Cherchesov’s side are huge 21/5 underdogs to win in Copenhagen and seal their place in the last 16 but let’s look at some of the other markets and odds in our Russia v Denmark betting tips.
Denmark have had a traumatic campaign overshadowed by the cardiac arrest suffered by their star player Christian Eriksen during the defeat by Finland.
The Danes burst out of the blocks against Belgium on Thursday when Yussuf Poulsen scored the fastest goal of Euro 2020 in the second minute but the game turned on the second-half introduction of Kevin De Bruyne, who set up the equaliser and fired in a fierce left-footed strike to secure a 2-1 win.
Kasper Hjulmand’s side are 4/6 to win in front of their passionate fans and although Russia have been dismal during the group stage, those odds don’t float our boat for a team still searching for their first point.
However, they took 21 shots against Belgium and gave them a much better game than the Russians and we make Denmark 13/10 to win and under 3.5 goals bearing in mind their last four games have produced three goals or fewer.
Russia are likely only to need a draw to go through to the last 16 which is priced at 11/4 and the way their disjointed attack has been playing that’s probably the best they can hope for.
Both of Denmark’s matches have been settled by one-goal margins and we make Russia 14/1 to win by that method and Denmark are 12/5.
Denmark were made to look like world beaters in the first 45 minutes by a half-asleep Belgian side against whom they played a 3-4-2-1.
— DBU – En Del Af Noget Større (@DBUfodbold) June 17, 2021
Martin Braithwaite and impressive Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard, making only his second international start, played behind Poulsen, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney in holding midfield roles.
Russia played a 3-5-1-1 against Finland during which Aleksei Miranchuk, playing behind hefty striker Artem Dzyuba, was comfortably the best player.
Barcelona forward Braithwaite hit the crossbar in the closing stages and he is 5/1 and 23/10 in the same markets.
Dzyuba, who scored nine goals and supplied five assists in qualifying, is the 9/2 favourite in the Russian team to get the game’s first goal, with Miranchuk 9/1 to draw first blood or 4/1 to get on the scoresheet just as he did against Finland.
Where: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
When: 20:00, Monday 21st June
How to watch: BBC 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication