On Saturday, the Czech Republic will face Denmark at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan in an intriguing battle of underdogs for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Both teams have exceeded expectations in the tournament by making it to the last eight and have emerged as the biggest underdogs.
The Czech Republic placed third in Group D, behind England and Croatia, but stunned the Netherlands in the round of 16.
After a terrible occurrence in their first game that claimed the life of their top player Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dyanmites have become everyone’s second favorite team.
After placing second in their group and then mauling Wales 4-0 in the last round, Kasper Hjulmand’s squad has transformed their misery into hope.
Denmark hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals since winning the Euros in 1992, and the Czech Republic hasn’t advanced past the semifinals since 2004. So, whoever wins, it will be a historic event.
Denmark vs. Czech Republic Head-To-Head
The Czech Republic has won three of the 11 previous meetings between the two countries, one more than Denmark. Six times, the spoils of war have been split between the two parties.
Denmark won a stunning 3-0 away victory in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in March 2013, while five of their last six meetings have resulted in stalemates.
— Czech Football National Team (@ceskarepre_eng) July 1, 2021
Czech Republic Form Guide (all competitions): W-L-D-W-W
Denmark Form Guide (all competitions): W-W-L-L-W
Czech Republic against. Denmark: Team News Czech Republic vs. Denmark: Team News
Jan Boril has returned from suspension and will be eligible for selection, although he may have to settle for a bench spot after Pavel Kaderabek shone in his absence against the Netherlands.
While Captain Vladimir Darida recovers from his injury, Lukas Provod remains on the bench for this game.
Injured: Lukas Provod
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 30, 2021
Simon Kjaer, the Danish captain, had a thigh injury against Wales, but he is now fit and likely to start for the Reds and Whites.
Both Daniel Wass and Yussuf Poulsen sat out the Wales triumph and are in the running to start.
No one was hurt.
No one has been suspended.
None are currently available.
Tomas Vaclik; Jan Boril, Tomas Kalas, Ondrej Celustka, Vladimir Coufal; Tomas Soucek, Tomas Holes; Jakub Jankto, Antonin Barak, Lukas Masopust; Patrik Schick. Czech Republic vs Denmark Predicted XI
Kasper Schmeichel; Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjr, Jannik Vestergaard; Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emil Hjbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Joakim Mhle; Martin Braithwaite, Mikkel Damsgaard; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper Dolberg; Kasper
Denmark vs. Czech Republic Prediction
Both teams have thrown their weight around and will be worthy semi-finalists.
The Czechs, on the other hand, have proven to be a difficult team to break down, and their defensive tenacity could enable them see out Denmark.
Czech Republic 2-1 Denmark is my prediction.