Denmark return to Euro 2024 qualification action facing a battle to progress from a competitive Group H.
Clearly, the Danes will no doubt boost their cause with a victory over San Marino at Parken Stadium on Thursday night, but there is still more work to be done, if Kasper Hjulmand’s side are going to qualify for the finals in Germany.
San Marino are yet to collect a single point or even score a goal in their four qualification matches and the minnows are likely to face another tough evening.
Mikkel Damsgaard, Mathias Jorgensen, Rasmus Kristensen, Kasper Dolberg, Andreas Cornelius and Philip Billing were all left out of the Denmark squad, but Christian Eriksen is in line to earn his 123rd international cap and Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard are expected to be involved.
Over 5.5 goals @ 4/5
Denmark are two points adrift of Finland and Kazakhstan in Group H and Slovenia are also occupying a handy position. The Danes started their Euro 2024 campaign with an excellent 3-1 home win over Finland, but they then threw away a two-goal lead in bizarre circumstances in Kazakhstan.
The Red and Whites bounced back to beat Northern Ireland 1-0, in a game where Hjulmand’s men had 67 percent possession, 11 shots and ten corners.
Denmark again dominated the game when drawing 1-1 in Slovenia and the fact that they have managed 24 shots on target in their four qualifying matches, bodes well for goals on Thursday evening.
San Marino are a mile off the level of Finland, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and Northern Ireland and, if Denmark dominated and scored seven goals in four games against those sides, the over 5.5 goals line certainly looks achievable at Parken.
San Marino were beaten 6-0 in Finland last time out and another heavy defeat awaits.
Rasmus Hojlund to score first @ 5/2
Striker Hojlund has faced a delayed start to his Manchester United career, but the 20-year-old gave a lively cameo when making a substitute appearance for the Red Devils in their defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.
Hojlund has missed the start of the Premier League season through injury, but the former Atalanta forward should be fresh for the international break and there is no better fixture to find the net than a home tie against San Marino.
He has scored six goals in six appearances for his national side and the powerful frontman has opened the scoring in games against Kazakhstan and Finland.
Hojlund notched a hat-trick against the Finns and at 5/2 he looks a wise wager to produce the opening goal on Thursday evening.