Denmark and Portugal meet on Wednesday evening in what has the makings of a great encounter, as Sportingbet make the Portuguese a tantalising 11/10 to win, and with Ronaldo in the side, anything is possible.
Looking at Denmark to begin with, they surprised everybody when they beat Holland 1-0 last time out. The Danes look well organised in this match and it sets them up perfectly to qualify for the knockout stages.
The games do not get any easier for Morten Olsen’s side and they know they will have to be at their best to get a positive result here.
Olsen’s men seemed to relish the pressure being somewhat off them last time out and no one had really tipped them to get anything from the match. However, this time around they will have to cope with expectations being high.
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Michael Krohn-Dehli was the man on the score sheet against The Netherlands, something which would have done his confidence the world of good. He will now be looking to add to his tally this time out.
As for Portugal, they went down 1-0 to Germany after Mario Gomez scored with just 20 minutes to go.
Paulo Bento will now know how important getting all three points here is as a defeat could seem them knocked out of the tournament if results do not go their way.
Portugal’s only real hope of scoring seemed to come from Cristiano Ronaldo and if they are to go far in Euro 2012, other players need to raise their game.
Helder Postiga was mostly ineffective up front, and in their 4-3-3 formation Bento may opt to leave Raul Meireles on the bench and hand a start to the more attacking minded Silvestre Varela, who caused plenty of problems when he came on in the last ten minutes.
It is now four games without a win for Bento’s men, something that he will be concerned by as they must get a victory here. They have also scored just one goal in this poor run of form.
Denmark were 2-1 winners when the two sides last met in qualifying for the competition so they could have a psychological advantage over their opponents.
It all gets underway from 7.45pm on Wednesday.