While Denmark may have been drawn in the ubiquitous ‘Group of Death’ with Holland, Germany and Portugal at Euro 2012, their route to the finals was hardly a walk in the park.
Having been placed in Qualifying Group H with Euro 2004 runners-up Portugal, Scandanavian rivals Norway and Iceland, and an emerging Cyprus side, Morten Olsen faced a tough proposition to take Denmark to their fifth finals under his management.
Their campaign got off to a shaky start as the Danes needed a 91st-minute Thomas Kahlenberg winner to beat Iceland 1-0 in Copenhagen.
But that result ultimately set the tempo for their campaign as they won all their home fixtures, conceding just once at the Parken Stadium throughout qualifying.
Given that record, it could be worth backing them to keep it under 2.5 goals in all their Group B games at Euro 2012.
Its 39/50 for them to do so against Holland, 3/4 against Portugal and 19/20 against Germany, meaning new customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin to cover a Danish under 2.5 treble could win £151.86 if successful.
Their 4-1 win in Cyprus showed they also have goals in the side and with ten different scorers in qualifying, those goals are well spread around the squad.
However, much of the goalscoring burden will rest on the only striker named in Morten Olsen’s provisional 20-man squad, Nicklas Bendtner.
The Arsenal man was Denmark’s top scorer in qualifying and winning strikes against Portugal and Norway showed he is a man for the big occasion.
It was Bendtner’s winner in a 2-1 success over the Portuguese in the final qualifier that sent the Danes on the road to Euro 2012 and that kind of clutch result showed why they may be there for the long haul against all the odds.
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