The Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam will host the first match of the Euro 2020 last-16 ties. It is on Saturday evening where Wales is going to take on Denmark.
Wales finished second in the group whereas Italy topped in Group A. while Denmark defied the odds to finish as runners-up to Belgium in Group B despite losing their first two games.
The Dragons lost 1-0 to Italy in their final group match. Also, that is a result which Rob Page likely would have accepted ahead of the match. As it ensured before the match that his side remained in second.
Ultimately, it was the 2-0 win over Turkey. Also, it sealed Wales’s spot in the last 16. Also, it was coming on the back of a slightly undeserved 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
The Dragon got their second loss in 16 competitive matches. Also, since June 2019 they have not lost a successive competitive game.
However, Wales has lost their only two previous matches in Amsterdam. Which were against the Netherlands in 1988 and 2014. Also, they will not have any supporters present on the ground.
Denmark will also have the backing of the neutrals, no doubt, given the events that unfolded in their opening group match against Finland.
The sight of Christian Eriksen being resuscitated on the field will live long in the memory of those who watched on, not least the playmaker’s teammates.
Wales European Championship form:
D W LL
Wales form (all competitions):
W L D D W LL
Denmark European Championship form:
L L W
Denmark form (all competitions):
W D W L L W
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Wales will be without the suspended Ampadu. Also, Page otherwise has no known injury issues to contend with.
The Dragons named an unchanged side for their opening two-game. Kieffer Moore spearheading what was effectively a 4-5-1 formation.
After changing the system and personnel against Italy, Page seems almost certain to go back to the same XI that started the draw with Switzerland and victory against Turkey.
That will mean that Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey will start together. who has had a little over half (49) of Wales’s 97 shots at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020?
As for Denmark, they will of course still be without Eriksen as he continues to recover from the cardiac arrest suffered against Finland a couple of weeks ago.
The back-three formation paid off. Daniel Wass and Joakim Maehle operating as wing-backs. Also, Martin Braithwaite playing just off Yussuf Poulsen up top.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set up two goals from midfield against Russia and has three assists for the tournament – no Denmark player has ever recorded more at a major tournament.
Wales possible starting lineup:
Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; James, Ramsey, Allen, Morrell, Bale; Moore
Denmark possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard; Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle; Braithwaite, Damsgaard; Poulsen