Germany vs Denmark: Team News, Lineups and Predictions
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Germany vs Denmark: Team News, Lineups and Predictions

28/06/24 18:29

Host country Germany will take on Denmark in the round of 16 of their 2024 Euro campaign and are aiming to keep up their impressive group-stage form in the knockout stages.

Before the third match day of the group stages it was already clear that the Germans qualified for the round of 16, but their opponent could have changed until the last minute, as Denmark’s Group C was constantly changing until the end.

While Germany played confidentlt in their three games, taking two wins, a draw, many goals and the group win from their opening matches, Denmark did not have such an easy way into the knockout stage.

With three draws and only two scored goals, the Danish got through as second in their group, behind England, but it was nerve wracking until the last minute as Slovenia and Denmark were level on points. At the end, a yellow card that Denmark had less, secured the second place for the squad of Kasper Hjulmand’s side.

What can we expect from Denmark vs Germany?

Throughout the tournament, Germany have put their focus on playing offensively and scoring goals. With an average of 70% possession in their group-stage fixtures, they like to control the game and are not scoring their goals from quick counter-attacks.

This is where Denmark could become dangerous. The only issue Germany has faced so far is their inconsistent defense. While they have already improved drastically since the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the defensive lineup around Antonio Rüdiger can seem shaky at times which we have seen in their clash against Switzerland.

Denmark’s and Switzerland’s play of style is very similar and Switzerland is the team Germany struggled against. Although Denmark have not scored many goals so far in this tournament, they can always surprise with a counter attack and usually take their opportunities to score.

The clash is likely to involve quite a few goals on both sides. Both defenses have been decent but not outstanding. While Germany needs to be careful to not play too offensively and leave the room for counter-attacks, Switzerland should be prepared for goal-hungry opponents.

Germany Team News

In all their group-stage games coach Julian Nagelsmann relied on the same lineup but because center-back Jonathan Tah has received two yellow card, he will miss out the match against Denmark.

Nico Schlotterbeck will most certainly replace him. The Dortmund defender received a lot of criticism after the Qatar World Cup but has previously said himself that he and the team have improved and that he is ready to play against Denmark.

The only player doubtful in the squad is Germany’s other centre-back Rüdiger. In his last game against Switzerland he injured his thigh and Nagelsmann confirmed the injury post match. He said: “We’ll have to see. I hope it’s nothing serious. (…) That could be quite problematic.”

If Germany will have to miss out on Rüdiger this could arguably generate instability in the defense. His replacement would most likely be Waldemar Anton from VfB Stuttgart.

Denmark Team News

Similar to the German squad, Hjulman must also find a replacement in his team due to a suspension of midfielder Morton Hjulman.

There are multiple options on who will take Hjulman’s position with the main contenders being Brentford’s Christian Norgaard and Mathias Jensen as well as Thomas Delaney from RSC Anderlecht.

In recent games, Denmark had almost the same lineup in all of their group stage fixtures. Only the three midfielders, Alexander Bah, Joakim Maehle and Victor Kristiansen were switched around a little bit and all missed one game.

Regardless, Delaney only missed out on the group stage matches due to an injury that he has now recovered from, which is why he will most likely start.

Germany vs Denmark head-to-head results

Germany and Denmark have faced each other 28 times beforehand in friendlier and major tournaments. Hereby, the Germans won 15 of these duels, with Denmark winning eight and five draws.

Their last match was back in 2012, during the Euro group stage where Germany managed to beat the Danish with a 2:1. It is, nonetheless, hard to go off of these recent performances as both squads fully changed over the past 12 years.

Nonetheless, Denmark beat Germany in a major tournament before. In 1992 the Scandinavians beat the Germans in the Euros finals.

For Denmark, it will be the sixth time that they will face the host nation of a major tournament and it has never been a good sign - they have lost all of their games, at last during the most recent Euros, where the Scandinavians got knocked out against England in the semi-finals.

Germany vs Denmark predicted lineups

GER: M. Neuer, J. Kimmich, A. Rüdiger, N. Schlotterbeck, M. Mittelstädt, R. Andrich, T. Kroos, J. Musiala, I. Gündogan, F. Wirtz, K. Havertz

DEN: K. Schmeichel, J. Andersen, A. Christensen, J. Vestergaard, A. Bah, P. Hojbjerg, J. Maehle, T. Delaney, C. Eriksen, J. Wind, R. Hojlund

Germany vs Denmark score prediction

Germany 3 -1 Denmark

This match will definitely be entertaining and exciting to watch and I believe that multiple goals will be scored.

Germany will concede once because their defense seems like the team's only weakness as of now and Denmark will get opportunities to score.

On the other side, I think that Germany’s offensive lineup with Musiala, Wirtz and Havertz is extremely strong and they will be eager to score. Although Denmark's defense has been decent, I do not believe that they will be able to keep the German’s away for 90 minutes.

At the end, I think Germany has the better stability and squad depth within the team which is why they will win. They control the game and barely leave their opponent any chance to get through. I cannot imagine Denmark being able to keep up a good enough defensive work.

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