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EC Qualification

  • October 11, 2011
  • • 19:15
  • • Parken, København
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 37012

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Denmark v Portugal

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Denmark v Portugal

Group H comes to a trilling and tense conclusion as the teams led by Olsen and Paulo Bento, tied on points, battle it out for top spot in Copenhagen on Tuesday evening

Jacobsen, Kjaer, Bjelland, S. Poulsen
Kvist, Zimling
Rommedahl, Eriksen, N. Jorgensen
Rui Patricio
Pereira, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Eliseu
Moutinho, Meireles, Martins
Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo

Michael Krohn-Dehli, who scored in Friday's 4-1 victory over Cyprus is doubtful for the winner-takes-all tie after sustaining a knock, leaving Leverkusen winger Nicolai Jorgensen with a chance to make his international debut. Elsewhere, there are question marks over the fitness over Andreas Bjelland, Simon Poulsen, Dennis Rommedahl and Niki Zimling, but they are expected to make the showdown.

Despite their poor showing against Iceland on Friday, Rolando and Bruno Alves are set to retain their berths at the heart of defence in light of their nation's injury crisis at centre-back. Meanwhile, third-choice left back Eliseu will continue after a fine showing in Porto on Friday that saw him score one and set up two others.

  • Denmark last beat Portugal three years ago, where a late rally saw the Danish come from a goal behind in stoppage time to win 3-2.
  • The return game, also played in Copenhagen, saw former Sporting Lisbon striker Liedson net a late equaliser.
  • These two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the Euro 1996 group stage, which saw defending champions Denmark eliminated at the first hurdle.
  • Portugal have not failed to qualify for the European Championships since 1992 - the year Denmark won the tournament.
  • A hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo would see him equal Luis Figo's goal tally for Portugal - in 42 fewer appearances.
  • Paulo Bento has the highest win percentage of any Portugal manager to date - with his side emerging victorious in 80 per cent of their matches under the 42-year-old.

Players to watch

C. Eriksen

Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

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Christian Eriksen is the hot property for most of Europe these days, having been linked with a move away from Ajax to a host of big clubs over the past year. The 19-year-old is sure to move away from the Amsterdam giants soon, and firing his nation into next summer's tournament will be the perfect way to announce himself to Europe's big guns.


Position: Defender

Games: 5

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The 28-year-old stepped into the void left by the injuries sustained by Silvio Fabio Coentrao with aplomb on Friday, and will use his chance to show Paulo Bento that the left-back berth should be his own.

Editor's Prediction

If Friday's performance is anything to go by, Portugal will be vulnerable from set-pieces, and with Nicklas Bendtner's aerial threat, the hosts could exploit the visitors' weaknesses. That said, Portugal are in good form, and with the likes of Nani, Ronaldo and Joao Moutinho, carry a threat that cannot be ignored when they go forward.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head




Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Denmark DNK
Denmark Denmark
Portugal PRT
Portugal Portugal

Top 3 Predictions

Denmark DNK
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Portugal PRT
Denmark DNK
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Portugal PRT
Denmark DNK
2 - 1
Portugal PRT