Iceland vs. Denmark Prediction and Pick – Nations League, October 11, 2020
These two nations will most likely be battling out for third place in this group, but historical ties should make for a well-fought local derby on Sunday.
Iceland has enjoyed the better of the last few years but has an aging squad that will need to use all its experience to overcome a dogged Denmark side.
Iceland vs. Denmark Odds
Betway has Denmark as the clear favorites to come back from Reykjavik with all three points – and that is probably a fair assessment judging from the first two rounds of fixtures in the group. But the Danes tend to play a fairly defensive game and haven’t scored in either of their games so far. A keenly contested draw could be just as possible.
Iceland vs. Denmark Preview
For anyone fondly remembering the Iceland side of Euro 2016, there are still some familiar faces in the squad as head coach Erik Hamren can still rely on some of the older golden generation. But there doesn’t seem to be as many new players coming through at the same standard – and that could mean that Iceland struggles for a few years until the kids of four or five years ago progress through the ranks.
But the main thing to note about the home side here is that it will have all its focus on the Euro 2020 playoff game that takes place just three days earlier. Its semi-final with Romania has top billing this week, and the result of that game could go a long way to determining how the team performs on Sunday.
Denmark has already qualified for the tournament that will now take place next summer and will see this Nations League campaign as a good way of pitting itself against some of the best national sides in Europe. Iceland probably doesn’t fall into that group at the moment, but this game will be seen as winnable by head coach Kasper Hjulmand.
That being said, since Denmark qualified for Euro 2020, it has reverted back to a more defensive style of play that likes to frustrate opponents before attempting to steal games on the counter. The defeat to Belgium and the draw with England may not have been games to remember, but they did show a resilient Denmark team. It’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be many goals in this squad.
Iceland vs. Denmark Betting Pick
A lot will depend on the outcome of Iceland’s playoff game on Thursday as to the result of this local derby. If Iceland wins, then the confidence will be high, and this will be another game to win. If it is knocked out of qualification, then the players may not be quite as up for the quick turnaround. For what its worth, I think that Iceland will beat Romania, making this a tough game between two fairly evenly balanced teams. The draw would therefore be the safest bet, in my opinion.