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Denmark Women vs Spain Women: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

By Emile Avanessian

Published: 9:19, 15 July 2022 | Updated: 15:06, 3 August 2022

For Denmark and Spain it’s all to play for on Group A’s final match day. With Germany all but certain to not only advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2022, but to do so as group winners, Denmark and Spain, each on three points after two games, with a spot in the quarterfinals at stake. A draw will do for the Spanish, while the Danes are under pressure to secure a win.

Denmark Women vs Spain Women: Betting Tips

Clàudia Pina to score the game’s first goal @ 7/2 with Betfair

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Denmark Women vs Spain Women: Predictions

Denmark Women vs Spain Women: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 5/4 with Betway
Correct score 1-3 10/1 with Betway
Anytime Goalscorer Pernille Harder 9/2 with Betfair

So it all comes down to this in Group B in Euro 2020! Barring some genuinely astounding goings-on in their group stage finale against Finland, Germany – who have taken six points out of a possible six, while scoring six goals and conceding none – will advance to the quarterfinals as the top team from Group B. That leaves one of the pre-tournament favorites, Spain, and Denmark – the runners-up in Euro 2017 and who’ve reached at least the semi-finals in three of the last five Euros – to battle it out for the second qualifying spot.

Each of the sides has beaten Finland and fallen to Germany. However, as the Spanish were more emphatic in their defeat of the Finns (4-1, vs 1-0 for Denmark) and fell to Germany by a narrower margin (2-0, vs 4-0 for Denmark), La Roja require only a drawn from this match to secure second place in the group and spot in the knockout rounds. Austria, meanwhile, can only advance with a victory.

There is some righting of the ship that is required of the Spanish, whose loss to Germany on Tuesday night was their first in 24 games (of which they’d won 20), and the third straight outing in which they’ve allowed a goal – inside of three minutes in each of the last two – after a run of 18 clean sheets in 20 matches.

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Denmark Women vs Spain Women head-to-head

These nations have met only twice before, both times in friendlies. The most recent meeting was in June 2021, in Spain, with the Spanish coming away 3-0 winners, behind a brace by Aitanna Bonmatí, and a goal from her Barça teammate, Patri Guijarro. The only meeting prior to that, in June 2013, ended in a 2-2 draw.

Denmark Women vs Spain Women match stats

It’s understandable that the Spanish have needed a moment to get their bearings. After all, not many teams can simply shrug off losing the top two finishers in Ballon d’Or voting in the days leading up to a major tournament. The loss of the Spanish women’s national team’s all-time leading scorer Jenni Hermoso was always going to sting. However, to then lose the reigning Ballon d’Or winner and the talisman of this, and her own FC Barcelona side (which, for significant chunks of time, are somewhat indistinguishable), Alexia Putellas, In the days immediately prior to the tournament with a torn ACL was an especially cruel blow.

So, sure. Learning to not only operate, but to do so at a high level, in the absence of their most important player was always going to be a massive challenge. Learning to play without such central figures is a process. The Spanish have now gone two games without Alexia and Hermoso, and managed to look more or less like themselves – against Finland, sure, but in the final quarter of the game against Germany Spain attacked fairly consistently, created chances and forced a fantastic save from the keeper.

All indications are that, starting up front against Denmark, after coming on as a substitute media the first two games, will be another FC Barcelona star, soon-to-be 21-year-old relentless, ruthless attacker, Clàudia Pina. If the Spanish are looking for someone to tirelessly take the game to the Austrian defense and minimize time for regrouping at the back, Pina is just that type of player. As you can see above, Betfair are offering a decent price (7/2) should she strike first on Saturday night.

Playing into her – and Spain’s hands – is the fact that Denmark will not have the luxury of sitting back for too long and allowing the game to come to them. The Danes need not only a result, but an outright victory, which will require a certain degree of aggressiveness. While the nervy play of the Spanish back line to start the past two games, particularly in the opening moments, should give the Danes – particularly Chelsea star and Denmark’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) Pernille Harder (9/2 to score anytime), who scored her 69th international in the 72nd minute in the 1-0 win against Finland – encouragement.

However, the Spanish are well aware of their issues, and while there will certainly be an effort made to tighten up at the back, Denmark’s need to open things up, combined with the preponderance of talent on the Spanish roster, for a good portion of this game, ‘the best defense may be an imperious attack’ may be the mantra.

In that vein, one of the other Barça stars in this Spanish side – who you just read scored a brace against this Danish a year ago, has scored in two of Spain’s last three games (the opener against Finland and a pre-tournament friendly against Australia), scored in the Copa de la Reina semifinal against Real Madrid, scored four over Barcelona’s last two league games and, lest anyone harbor any questions about her gumption on the literal biggest of stages, scored in each of Barcelona’s record breaking Champions League contests at Camp Nou –  the spectacular Aitanna Bonmatí, as you’ll see below, is a rather enticing 2/1 to score anytime.

Denmark Women vs Spain Women: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Denmark Women 1-3 Spain Women

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