The Azzurri travel to Parken with their World Cup place already secure, and Al Hain-Cole expects the lack of pressure on them to lead to a high-scoring gameDenmark will be desperate to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive when they welcome Italy to Parken on Friday night.
A narrow 1-0 victory in Armenia last time out earned Morten Olsen’s side some revenge for June’s shock 4-0 home defeat and they will now be hoping Vardan Minasyan’s men can do them a favour when second-placed Bulgaria travel to Yerevan prior to their own kick-off in Copenhagen.
Should Vardan Minasyan’s men come out on top then victory would see De Rode-Hvide claim a top two spot, and they are favourites at 13/10 (2.30) with William Hill to collect maximum points before their final qualifier at home to Malta.
However, Cesare Prandelli’s side are unbeaten in 38 qualifying matches and are available at 2/1 (3.00) to silence the home crowd with a victory.
The hosts are yet to win a game on home soil in this qualification campaign and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them recording a third draw in four in front of their own fans.
After qualifying for Euro 2012 with ease, Olsen’s men have been consistently inconsistent in their efforts to reach Brazil, winning just three of their eight fixtures so far and suffering that aforementioned 4-0 humiliation at home to Armenia.
However, with two of those three victories coming in the last two matches, the hosts will be as confident as they have been for a long time and hoping their already qualified opponents treat this match as they would an exhibition game.
With just one win and six defeats in their last 10 friendly games, the Azzurri often fail to demonstrate their usual intensity when there is nothing riding on a match, with their characteristic defensive prowess often notable by its absence.
Having only kept a single clean sheet against San Marino in those 10 friendlies, Italy could be there for the taking in Copenhagen, and the return of Nicklas Bendtner from six-month suspension could not have come at a better time for Denmark.
However, with just one clean sheet in six to their name, the hosts are unlikely to keep their guests at bay themselves, and odds of 19/20 (1.95) on both teams to score surely represent the best bet here.
|Both teams to score for a 1pt stake at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill
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