Four players who could make a difference in Czech Republic vs Denmark

When Euro 2020 got underway in early June, and people were making their predictions on how the tournament would pan out,not even the boldest of football fans would have guessed that one of the four quarter-final clashes would see the Czech Republic taking on Denmark.

However, that is the reality we have found ourselves in and we all love a good underdog story. So, it will be great to see one of the so-called ‘smaller nations’ in the semi-final of a major international tournament!

While the Danes are the favourites in the Czech Republic vs Denmark betting odds, it’s hard to really tell how this match is going to play out, as the Czechs have been a dogged, intense unit to break down, whilst Denmark have been in free-scoring form lately — bagging four goals in their last two victories over Russia and Wales.

That said, let’s take a look at four players — two from each nation — who could make a difference in this nail-biting encounter…

Patrik Schick – Czech Republic

There’s no better place to start than with the Czechs’ talisman Patrik Schick. The 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker has been influential in his country getting this far, with four goals in four games, and there’s no doubt that if Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men truly want to make it to the last four, they will be relying on Schick to bag another goal or two. The striker’s four goals to date have resulted in his UEFA EURO 2020 top scorer odds being slashed to 4/1, and it’s fair to say that he will have his sights set on that Golden Boot.

Kasper Dolberg – Denmark

Nice striker Kasper Dolberg replaced the injured Yussuf Poulsen to spearhead Denmark’s attack against Wales, and the young forward didn’t succumb to the pressure of playing in the knockout stages of a major international tournament, netting twice in the 4-0 rout over Rob Page’s men. The Wales game was the 23-year-old’s first start of the tournament, but those two strikes will surely make him undroppable ahead of the Czech Republic match.

Tomáš Souček – Czech Republic

Given the outstanding season that Tomáš Souček had with Premier League side West Ham United, a lot was expected from the 26-year-old midfielder at Euro 2020, and up until this point, it’s fair to say that he has duly delivered. He may not have found the back of the net of at the tournament yet, but he has been the Czechs’ first line of defence and has protected his backline immensely. He was given the captain’s armband against the Netherlands and he performed admirably as he led his men to a shock victory.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – Denmark

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been the unlikely supplier of goals for Denmark at Euro 2020, and the Czechs will have their work cut out if they want to keep the 25-year-old schtum in Baku on Saturday evening. Højbjerg set up Poulsen’s opener in the first minute against Belgium and played the provider twice against Russia before another solid performance in the 4-0 win over Wales. This clash looks like it could be won in midfield, and Højbjergjust might be the deciding factor.

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