Despite their upset win over World Cup runners-up Holland, Denmark now look likely to fall victims to Euro 2012’s so-called ‘Group of Death’.
With all four sides in the FIFA World Top 10, qualification from Group B was always going to be difficult and even with Holland’s near-certain elimination (following two straight defeats), Denmark remain 14/5 to reach the quarter-finals.
That’s because they face the prospect of tackling new tournament favourites Germany (5/2 to win Euro 2012) in their final game.
Not only do Joachim Low’s side have a record of 14 wins in their last 22 games against the Danish, but the Olsen Gang’s likely runner-up rivals Portugal will instead be facing a Dutch team in disarray.
Should Paulo Bento’s team show the firepower which saw them hit three against Denmark and pick up another win (at 17/10), then that would leave the Danes needed to get all three against Germany (at 5/1).
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Should the Portuguese revert to the negative approach they showed in their 1-0 loss to Germany and get a draw (at 12/5) or worse (at 31/20), then Denmark still need at least a draw (at 5/2) to go through because of their 3-2 defeat to Bento’s men.
However, Denmark have shown their ability to perform under adversity with a 2-1 win over Portugal in the final qualifier to reach Euro 2012, so they are worth backing at 14/5 to extend their stay in Poland and Ukraine.
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