Denmark will welcome Scandanavian rivals Finland to Copenhagen for the opening game of their Euro 2020 campaign. The 1992 European champions rounded off their preparations for this year’s tournament with a 2-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday having played out a hard-fought draw with Germany (1-1) a few days earlier. Finland, meanwhile, lost both of their warm-up matches without scoring. The visitors are making their debut in this edition of the competition but they will have their work cut out in a group that also features Belgium and Russia having been beaten by both Sweden (2-0) and Estonia (1-0), ranked 116th, in the last week.
Denmark have won nine of their last 12 matches coming into this competition and have suffered just one defeat during that run. A 4-2 loss to Belgium in the UEFA Nations League, last November, is the only blemish on their record and in fact, two of their three defeats, since the 2018 World Cup, have come at the hands of the World’s number one ranked side. Denmark’s recent record at home reads even better with five straight wins and four clean sheets to their name. The Danes have also won nine of their last 11 matches on home soil and were unbeaten through qualifying for this tournament.
Finland make their bow at the European Championships at the home of an old foe but they are unlikely to cause too many problems in this group. The away side are without a win in six matches since November 2020 and have lost four of those games while on the road they have lost three of their last four fixtures. They have lost four of the last five meetings with Denmark but haven’t faced off since 2011 although three defeats on the spin heading into your first major tournament isn’t the ideal way to prepare.