Wales v Denmark Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 12, 2018
Cardiff City Stadium - UEFA Nations League
Wales look to consolidate their standing at the top of Group 4 in the Nations League, as they host Denmark on Friday evening. The Danish won the home leg with relative comfort, but subsequently only managed a draw to Ireland, who Ryan Giggs' side have beaten twice.
Denmark's 2-0 win at Ceres Park will give them confidence on Friday night, although Wales gave them a decent game, only just failing to match the home side in terms of possession and shots on target. The difference between the two sides on the night was made by Christian Eriksen, with the Spurs man scoring both goals, one from the spot.
Åge Hareide will be without the talismanic Erisken, with the midfielder having suffered from a stomach issue for the past few weeks. He should, however, be able to welcome back Chelsea's Andreas Christiansen, who sat on the bench for the reverse fixture, having struggled for game-time early in the season.
Ryan Giggs will also be able to reintroduce a number of key players, with both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey missing out on Wales' last fixtures. Ethan Ampadu may also be fit to return, although the manager may not risk the young Chelsea man, who has yet to feature for his club side since suffering from a knee injury.
Wales v Denmark Preview and Predictions
Ryan Giggs' Wales currently lead their Nations League group, having played one more game than second placed Denmark. As a result, a win on Friday would allow the former Manchester United midfielder to establish a five point league with just four games played, setting them up strongly for promotion.
However, the Danish are no pushovers, as they showed in the home leg, where an impressive defensive performance saw Gareth Bale silenced, whilst an individual attacking display from Christian Eriksen saw them knock two past Wayne Hennessey. On Friday Hareide will be without his star-midfielder, and, playing away from home, will need his back-line to excel yet again if they are to take any points back from Cardiff.
The fixture gives Wales the perfect opportunity to exact some revenge on Giggs' first managerial loss, which lead to a consecutive defeat under Spain. Perhaps more importantly, it would allow to rediscover some momentum, building on their win over Ireland. The fact that they were able to do so without Bale and Ramsey will have been encouraging for the manager, with 21-year-old Harry Wilson impressing in position behind the striker.
Whether or not Giggs judges the Derby man to have earned a place over Ramsey in such an important match remains to be seen, but he will certainly be glad to reintroduce Gareth Bale against a tough Danish defence.
Gareth Bale to score anytime at 5/3
Wales' star man will have been devastated to miss their last game and will be keen to make an impact.
Wales to win to nil at 3/1
Without Eriksen Denmark are missing a key cog in their attacking play, despite Yussuf Poulsen's recent goalscoring exploits.