Denmark - Australia Betting Preview: Early goals at either end in Copenhagen clash

The hosts will be eager to treat the fans to a winning send-off after losing last two friendlies, and Al Hain-Cole thinks that they will waste no time in filling the scoresheet
After impressively sealing their place in Euro 2012 by topping a tricky qualification group featuring Portugal and Scandinavian neighbours Norway, Denmark have dropped the ball recently in their tournament preparations.

To be fair to Morten Olsen’s side, they did not make life easy for themselves by selecting Brazil and Russia as pre-tournament friendly opposition, but two successive defeats are still unwelcome at this stage.

They will therefore be desperate to get a win under their belt before flying out to Ukraine, and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with William Hill to do just that against Australia.

The Socceroos already have World Cup 2014 on their minds, and are at 14/5 (3.80) to earn themselves a morale-boosting win before they travel to Oman for a qualifier.

Neither side have drawn a match in eighteen games combined, but odds of 9/4 (3.25) are on offer if you expect them to buck that trend on Saturday.

Denmark had been a model of consistency prior to their two recent disappointments, chalking up a string of solid, if unspectacular, victories.

Much like London buses, Danish goals tend to come two at a time: the Scandinavians scored twice in six of their eight games leading up to the Russia defeat.

If you are feeling bold then you should put your money on Olsen’s men rediscovering their love of bagging doubles against Australia, with the odds at an inviting 12/5 (3.40)

Fans of either side will certainly not want to be late in arriving at the Parken Stadium, as their teams have made a habit of punishing late-comers in recent fixtures with a flurry of early goals.

Backing a goal to be scored in the opening half-hour would have paid out in four of the last five matches for each side respectively, so a bet on a repeat performance at 5/6 (1.83) must be worth your while this time out.

Match Goal 1st - 30th min at 5/6 (1.83) with William Hill
Denmark to score 2 at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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