Czech Republic vs Denmark: Preview, Predictions, Team News, Betting Tips, How to Watch
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Czech Republic vs Denmark: Kick-off time
The match is scheduled at 6pm, and will be held at Baku.
Saturday 3 July
QF3: Czech Republic vs Denmark (18:00, Baku)
QF4: Ukraine vs England (21:00, Rome)
How to watch Czech Republic vs Denmark
Fans can tune in to watch the game for free on ITV from 4:15pm.
Games will be split between ITV and BBC throughout the tournament with every single moment of every match being broadcast on free-to-air TV.
How to live stream Czech Republic v Denmark online
You can also live stream the match via ITV Hub on a range of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Czech Republic vs Denmark prediction
Denmark have bounced brilliantly after the opening game debacle after Chrisitan Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and lost 1-0 Finland, which was followed by a 2-1 loss to Belgium. However, the Danes finished second in the group having defeated Russia 4-1. Denmark followed it up with a 4-0 win over Wales in the round of 16, to seal progression into the quarter-finals. Czech Republic meanwhile finished third in the group behind England and Croatia, sealing a 2-0 win over Scotland, and sealed a 1-1 win over Croatia. The Czechs then proceeded to record one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, knocking out the Netherlands in the round of 16 with a 2-0 win. Denmark however will be favourites and should seal progression to the semis.
Two entertaining teams punching, arguably, above their weight but both worthy semi-finalists should they get there. This could, though, prove a cagey affair with few chances, meaning the onus will lie on the likes of Patrick Schick, Yussef Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg.
Czech Republic are a far sterner test for Denmark than both Russia and Wales. The Danes will have a tough time breaking them down. I'm backing the Czechs to edge this in normal time.
Czech Republic 2-1 Denmark
Czech Republic vs Denmark: Match Preview
The Danes have romped past both Russia and Wales over the last fortnight but Czech Republic have proven a much sturdier opposition to break down. Just ask Scotland, England and Croatia, never mind the Dutch!
Czech Republic thrive in their midfield solidity that is driven by Soucek. It will be down to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to nullify the West Ham man and give the likes of Mikkel Damsgaard and Martin Braithwaite freedom to play forward.
Defensively Denmark look solid and they’re unlikely to take risks here. It could therefore be a cagey game unless there is an early goal. Should that happen we could see end-to-end action.
Czech Republic (+360) had lots of success against the Netherlands throughout history, and it seems that such tradition boosted the morale of this generation before their game versus Oranje. They would allow the rival to take the initiative in the first half and create a couple of chances, and that was about it.
Matthijs De Ligt’s mistake, which resulted in a red card, was enough for the Czechs to gain the advantage and end Oranje’s dreams about the European title. Jaroslav Silhavy’s boys prevented the most potent offense in the tournament from shooting on target in this match, which pretty much tells enough about their performance. Patrik Schick was on target again, scoring his fourth goal of the tournament.
By the way, this was the sixth match for the Czechs in the past eight that ended with under 2.5 goals.
Denmark (+110) was fantastic in the last two games. The initial shock following unpleasant scenes with Christian Eriksen apparently vanished, and the Danes started playing football as they did in the recent past. After trashing Russia in the last game of the group stage, 4-1, they would pack four more goals in the round of 16 against Wales.
Throughout the entire 90 minutes of the match, Denmark was better. The midfield did a perfect job, neutralizing the harsh and feisty Dragons, but at the same time supplying the attack with useful passes.
By the way, this was the third straight match at EURO for the Danes with three or more goals involved and the first one with clean sheets. It used to be their trademark before the championship, but apparently, this is something new in their game.
Czech Republic vs Denmark: Team news
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Frederik Ronnow, Jonas Lossl
Defenders: Daniel Wass, Joakim Maehle, Jens Stryger, Nicolai Boilesen, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen, Mathias Zanka
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Christian Norgaard, Anders Christiansen
Forwards: Youssef Poulsen, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Wind, Kasper Dolberg, Andreas Skov Olsen, Mikkel Damsgaard, Robert Skov, Andreas Cornelius
Czech Republic squad
Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik, Jiri Pavlenka, Ales Mandous
Defenders: Vladimir Coufal, Pavel Kaderabek, Ondrej Celustka, Tomas Kalas, David Zima, Jan Boril, Ales Mateju , Jakub Brabec
Midfielders: Lukas Masopust, Vladimir Darida, Tomas Soucek, Antonin Barak, Alex Kral, Tomas Holes, Petr Sevcik, Jakub Jankto, Adam Hlozek, Jakub Pesek, Michal Sadilek
Forwards: Patrik Schick, Michael Krmencik, Matej Vydra, Tomas Pekhart
All the players from the Czech Republic should be ready for this match.
According to the media sources from Denmark, Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass should be available for this event. Poulsen’s minor injury is gone, while Wass’s illness is slowly fading away as we speak.Predictions
Both teams fly high on morale but are also aware that this game might be the biggest one in their career. That is why both head coaches will probably go out with a cautious tactic, decreasing efficiency. Denmark is on fire lately, but the Czechs protect their goals solidly. Our safest pick here would be a moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals. The odds on that are +100.
Czech Republic vs Denmark predicted lineups
- Czech Republic: Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Mateju; Holes, Soucek; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick
- Denmark: Schmeichel; Wass, Kjaer, Christensen, Maehle; Delaney, Hojbjerg, Damsgaard; Braithwaite, Dolberg, Poulsen
Czech Republic vs Denmark: Betting tips
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Czech Republic wins: 3
Denmark wins: 2
Betting odds and tips
Czech Republic to reach semi-final: 7/5
Denmark to reach semi-final: 1/2
Czech Republic v Denmark odds
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bet365 odds: Czech Republic (14/5) Draw (11/5) Denmark (11/10)*
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Czech Republic vs Denmark Head to Head
• The Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia and Denmark have met on 25 previous occasions, the Czechs recording 13 wins and only two defeats. Five of the last six fixtures between the sides have ended all square, however, the exception a 3-0 Danish away win in Olomouc in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which Andreas Cornelius (57) and Simon Kjær (67) both scored their first goals for Denmark.
• Denmark's only other victory against the Czechs was a 2-1 home success in 2002 World Cup qualifying.
• The sides' last meeting was a 1-1 friendly draw in Mladá Boleslav on 15 November 2016. Antonín Barák's eighth-minute opener for the Czech hosts – on his international debut – was cancelled out by Nicolai Jørgensen seven minutes before half-time for the Danes. Tomáš Koubek, Tomáš Kalas, substitute Pavel Kadeřábek and debutant Tomáš Souček were also in the home line-up, with Frederik Rønnow, Kjær, Jens Stryger Larsen, Daniel Waas, Mathias Jørgensen and substitute Jannik Vestergaard featuring for the Danes.
• Denmark's last EURO quarter-final appearance ended in a 3-0 defeat by the Czech Republic, Jan Koller (49) and Milan Baroš (63, 65) getting the goals in Porto in the last eight of UEFA EURO 2004. That remains the Czechs' biggest win in a EURO finals and Denmark's joint heaviest defeat.
• Current Czech assistant coach Tomáš Galásek was in the side for that game while Jaroslav Šilhavý, now head coach, was an assistant.
• The Czech Republic were also victorious in their only other EURO final tournament match against Denmark, two second-half Vladimír Šmicer goals (64, 67) securing a 2-0 victory in Liège in the group stage of UEFA EURO 2000.
• Czechoslovakia won ten of their 15 games against Denmark (D5), although three of their four UEFA European Championship fixtures ended level – the exception a 5-1 Czechoslovakian win in the 1960 round of 16 second leg (7-3 aggregate
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