Denmark vs Portugal Betting PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Portugal head to Denmark for another Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday and will be joined by boss Fernando Santos despite him having been handed an eight-match suspension due to an offence during the World Cup.
The former Greece manager received his ban for abusing a World Cup official in Brazil this summer but has been granted a stay of execution, rendering him free to continue in his new post with Portugal until a decision is made by the end of November.
With his suspension temporarily lifted, Portugal will be heading to Denmark in much higher spirits, although the Santos had already stated that “whether on the bench or not, my contribution will be the same.”
The Portuguese side will be hoping for a step-up from their poor showing in a friendly against France at the weekend where they lost 2-1 to the hosts. Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba scored for France but Portugal were unable to break down the French defence, securing only a consolatory penalty from Ricardo Quaresma in the final few minutes of the game.
Portugal have several injury concerns ahead of their clash with Denmark including doubts over star Cristiano Ronaldo who was pictured icing his knee after being substituted on 76 minutes at the weekend.
Denmark approach Tuesday’s game on the back of a disappointing draw against Albania on Saturday. Head coach Morten Olsen was satisfied with the result but has challenged his side to start by opening the scoring as they have a habit of conceding early and playing catch-up later in the game.
“It was against the plan, they took the lead,” he said. “It is a bad habit that we should fall behind every time. It also happened against Armenia.
“We would really like to play heady football and we hope to do so against Portugal on Tuesday”
Portugal’s opening game of the group was against Albania where they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat. Their record against Denmark speaks for itself, however, having won 9, drawn 2 and lost 3 of their 14 encounters.
Denmark Vs Portugal Betting Tips
Portugal would usually be the favourites in this pairing but considering their poor display against Albania and Ronaldo’s potential absence, it might be worth trying your luck on a Danish victory. Betway has the side at 2/1 to win.
You could also use Denmark’s weakness for conceding early goals to profit. Bet365 has Portugal’s Antonio Eder at 13/2 to score first.