Following back-to-back friendly defeats to Russia and Brazil, Denmark really need a momentum-building win ahead of facing Holland, Germany and Portugal in Euro 2012’s ‘Group of Death’.
So the visit of an Australia side who would probably rather be on Culburra Beach than in Copenhagen at the end of a long, hard season should prove the ideal tonic for Morten Olsen’s team.
Denmark are 22/25 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to take a win into Group B, with the visitors at 31/10 and the draw at 12/5.
Having named his final Euro 2012 squad on Tuesday, this is one last chance for Olsen to figure out his best line-up to take down the tough opposition that await in Ukraine.
Without injured first-choice keeper Thomas Sorensen, Manchester United’s Anders Lindegaard is likely to deputise in front of a well-established back line containing Roma’s Simon Kjaer and Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.
That duo helped Denmark concede just 0.25 goals per home game during qualifying and it’s 27/20 for the Olsen Gang to keep a clean sheet here.
While they failed to do so against a Hulk-ed up Brazil last weekend – slumping to a 4-1 defeat – that game did allow Nicklas Bendtner to continue his run of six goals in his last seven caps and that form means that he and Denmark can get the first goal at 31/50.
Should they do so, then tiredness may seep into the Aussies, whose squad have an average age of 29 and tricky World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Japan on the horizon, and the Danes can plunder a much-needed goal haul.
It’s 19/4 for a Denmark win with over 3.5 goals, so new customers using the ₤25 free bet they receive when registering with bwin to back this would win ₤143.75 if they do.
Despite their potential tiredness, Denmark should take Australia lightly at their peril as the Green & Gold have established a decent friendly record in Europe with wins over Germany, Wales and Poland on their last three visits.
And if some of Olsen’s squad take things easy to avoid the risk of picking up an injury with just one more week to the Euros, then Holger Osieck’s side could easily replicate their 1-0 victory from World Cup 2010 at 21/2.
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