Denmark - Portugal Preview: Seleccao look to keep Euro dream alive against confident Danes
It's do or die for Paulo Bento's side on Wednesday as they prepare to face a Danish outfit, sitting pretty atop Group B courtesy of their shock maiden victory over Netherlands
By Karthick Arvinth
Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S Poulsen
Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli
Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao
Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho
Nani, Almeida, Ronaldo
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday's Euro 2012 clash with Portugal in Lviv, with the 62-year-old likely to name the same starting XI that beat Netherlands 1-0 on Saturday to get the ball rolling in Group A.
Meanwhile for Portugal, striker Hugo Almeida has recovered from a bout of flu and could replace Helder Postiga in attack after the latter's largely ineffectual display in the 1-0 defeat to Germany, while winger Ricardo Quaresma has been passed fit after overcoming a leg muscle strain.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Denmark have won seven of their last nine matches, including the 2-1 qualifying win over Portugal in October last year.
- The Danes finished as group winners when pitted against Portugal in both Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup qualifying.
- Denmark have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides - all over the past five years.
- Simon Poulsen and William Kvist received yellow cards against Netherlands and are a booking away from suspension.
- Portugal are yet to register a victory in 2012, having won just once in their last seven games, with only one goal scored in their last four.
- The 2004 finalists will meet Denmark for the 13th time, with their record in previous encounters reading W7 D2 L3.
- Nani (pictured right) has scored three times in four outings against Denmark.
- Fabio Coentrao and Helder Postiga will incur a ban with their next bookings.
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Top 3 Predictions
Denmark 0-2 Portugal
- 17.38 %
Denmark 1-2 Portugal
- 14.47 %
Denmark 2-1 Portugal
- 10.13 %
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Jun 13, 2012||Denmark 2 - Portugal 3|
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Oct 11, 2011||Denmark 2 - Portugal 1|
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Oct 8, 2010||Portugal 3 - Denmark 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - UEFA (WCQ)||Sep 5, 2009||Denmark 1 - Portugal 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - UEFA (WCQ)||Sep 10, 2008||Portugal 2 - Denmark 3|
|Jun 11, 2013||Denmark 0 - Armenia 4||WCQ|
|Jun 5, 2013||Denmark 2 - Georgia 1||FR|
|Mar 26, 2013||Denmark 1 - Bulgaria 1||WCQ|
|Mar 22, 2013||Czech Rep. 0 - Denmark 3||WCQ|
|Feb 6, 2013||Macedonia FYR 3 - Denmark 0||FR|
|Returns:||Denmark £560.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £130.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Portugal £18.33||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|5||Simon Busk Poulsen||Defender|
|7||William Kvist Jörgensen||Midfielder|
|-||Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen|
The Brondby midfielder was the star of the show against the Netherlands as he showed the much-vaunted Oranje attack how it should be done with a well-taken goal on the counter. The 29-year-old's tireless work-rate and backtracking was instrumental in keeping Arjen Robben quiet and he will have to repeat that against an equally dangerous opponent in Nani.
The Portugal skipper endured a frustrating evening against Germany as he was pinned back by Jerome Boateng and struggled to exert any real influence on proceedings. The Real Madrid star, in theory at least, should see more of the ball against the counter-attacking Danes, and will be desperate to deliver a performance befitting his reputation as one of the best players in the world.
Despite their defeat, Portugal competed well against Germany and looked good value for a point. The lack of goals is a cause for concern, though, and Denmark's rigid backline can make life very difficult for the Portuguese attack. But, if Bento's side can play with the same level of intensity that they showed towards the end of the match against Germany, then they have an excellent chance to grab all three points.