Having been drawn in the Group of Death, not many pundits give Denmark much chance of progressing into the quarter-finals and beyond.
But if the Danes are outsiders this year, then that’s nothing compared to their position heading into Euro 92 when, having failed to qualify, they famously ‘came off the beach’ to replace warring Yugoslavia and ended up winning the whole tournament, so they’re clearly a side who thrive with low expectations.
With that in mind, here’s three Danish bets which could see them upset the odds at Euro 2012 and give anyone backing them with their free £25 bet for registering with bwin a tidy win.
Denmark to qualify for the quarter-finals @ 9/2 (free £25 bet wins £137.50)
So they may be in a group with the runners-up from the last two Euros and World Cup (Germany Euro ‘08, Portugal Euro ’04, Holland WC ’10), but Denmark shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Morten Olsen’s side followed up topping a qualifying group containing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and local rivals Norway and Iceland with friendly wins against fellow Euro 2012 contenders Sweden and Asia Cup runners-up Australia.
With defence often key in tournament football, the Danes’ record of conceding just six in eight during qualifying will give them a chance against any side.
For those looking for a longer-odds option, then bet on Denmark to finish behind Germany in Group B at 18/1.
Denmark to reach semi-finals @ 12/1 (free £25 bet wins £325)
Should the Danes make it out of the Group of Death, then the path ahead seems clear to reach the semi-finals.
The Group B runners-up will face the winners of Group A – either Russia, Czech Rep, Poland or Greece – none of whom would greatly worry the Danes, though they did lose a friendly to Dick Advocaat’s Russia in February.
If they do make it through, then reigning Euro champs Spain will likely lie in wait in the semis, so 25/2 for them to be losing semi-finalists is also worth considering.
Denmark to outscore Greece in group stages @ 7/4 (free £25 bet wins £68.75)
The open nature of Group B will encourage goals from the normally defensively-minded Danes and they showed with two-goal wins over Portugal, Norway and Cyprus in qualifying they can get goals when it counts.
Meanwhile, Greece will likely to stick to their Euro 2004 winning strategy of keeping clean sheets, especially in a group whose sides averaged just 1.3 goals per game in qualifying.
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