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  • February 29, 2012
  • • 18:45
  • • Parken, København
  • Referee: I. Vad II
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Denmark - Russia Preview: Dick Advocaat's men visit Copenhagen looking to extend unbeaten run to 11 games

Denmark - Russia Preview: Dick Advocaat's men visit Copenhagen looking to extend unbeaten run to 11 games

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The hosts have hit a rich vein of form in recent games, and will be keen to prove that they are ready for the 'Group of Death' at the European finals this summer


PROBABLE LINEUPS

DENMARK


Sorensen
Jacobsen, Kjaer, Okore, Poulsen
Kvist, Zimling
Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli
Bendtner
RUSSIA


Ryzhikov
Anyukov, Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Zhirkov
Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov

Dzagoev, Arshavin
Pavlyuchenko

Marten Olsen conceded earlier this week that he is not going to experiment with his line-up and will field a nearly full-strength team on Wednesday. Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is set to miss the match against Russia as he was replaced with a rib injury in his side's penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

This has prompted the inclusion of Ivory Coast-born Denmark international centre-half Jores Okorey, who debuted for the national set-up less than four months ago. The Nordsjaelland player deputised for Simon Kjaer against Sweden and will be keen to add to his two caps for Denmark's senior team.

Russia are experiencing a goalkeeping crisis as Vyacheslav Malafeev and Igor Akinfeev have been sidelined with injuries. One of Sergei Ryzhikov and Vladimir Gabulov is expected to play between the posts for Dick Advocaat's team, while Roman Pavlyuchenko returns to the squad after sitting out the friendly against Greece.

Dmitri Kombarov has been called up for the first time to the Russia national set-up, while Aleksandr Kokorin has retained his place, following his debut on November 11 last year.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Denmark coach Morten Olsen has been in charge of the team for nearly 12 years.
  • The Red and Whites are on a five-game winning streak, and have conceded just three goals in the process.
  • The venue for the game on Wednesday, the Parken Stadium, was the stage of a fan attack on referee Herbert Fandel on June 2, 2007. The incident saw Sweden pick up an automatic 3-0 win over Denmark in the Euro 2008 qualifying stage.
  • Russia are on an unbeaten streak, which stretches over 10 games.
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko is just six goals away from equaling Vladimir Beschastnykh's tally of 26 strikes for the national team.
  • Russia were crowned European Champions in 1960 in France after beating Yugoslavia 2-1 after extra time.

Players to watch

C. Eriksen

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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Undoubtedly the most talented player in Denmark's squad, the Ajax man will have to step up his game and prove that he can be a decisive factor. His impeccable technique and vision could be the key to unlock Russia's defence on Wednesday.

R. Pavlyuchenko

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker recently returned to Moscow to sign with Lokomotiv after nearly four years with Tottenham as he looks to revive his career. As one of the more experienced members in the Russia national team, the 30-year-old will be expected to lead by example and deliver the goods upfront.

Editor's Prediction

With both coaches set to field full-strength teams, a draw is certainly not out of question. Denmark and Russia have been in good form recently, and they are likely to cancel out each other on Wednesday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Denmark

Russia

Wins
0
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Denmark DNK
Denmark Denmark
Draw
Russia RUS
Russia Russia
49%
17%
34%

Top 3 Predictions

Denmark DNK
2 - 1
Russia RUS
Denmark DNK
2 - 0
Russia RUS
Denmark DNK
1 - 2
Russia RUS

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