Denmark v Portugal – Match Preview

Group B returns to action tonight as a jubilant Denmark take on Portugal in Lviv, hoping to build on their shock 1-0 victory over a much revered Dutch side. Morten Olsen and his team were considered comparative minnows in the prudently named ”group of death”. However, with 3 points already on the board,the Danes will be confident, looking to quieten any doubters who believe that their expected status as group whipping boys will be shown tonight

Meanwhile, Portugal will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany. Paolo Bento and his team will be fully aware that a slip-up against the Danes will undoubtedly send them crashing out of the competition. With a tough game against Holland facing them in Game 3, Portugal must consider a victory imperative tonight.
Team News
There are no new injury concerns in the Denmark camp so Morten Olsen is expected to name the same starting XI that took to the field against Holland.
Striker Hugo Almeida has been passed fit and could replace the Helder Postiga, who had a rather ineffectual game against the Germans. Elsewhere, Ricardo Quaresma has been given a clean bill of health but will likely remain on the bench in Lviv.
Key Players
Denmark- Daniel Agger
A spirited display against Holland allowed Denmark to snatch an unlikely victory in their opening match. This was in no small part down to Daniel Agger. The Liverpool defenders superb effort meant that the almost constant Dutch pressure remained ineffectual. Agger will need to be on top form again when facing Portugal. With Nani and Ronaldo providing the threat, cutting in from wide areas, the Danish skipper will need to be fearless and disciplined if he is to enable his side to pull off another shock result.
Portugal- Helder Postiga/Hugo Almeida
The same issue has arisen for the Portugal national side for a number of years. The lack of a classy centre forward that can cause defences as many problems as the rest of the team. With Nani and Ronaldo dazzling defenders from wide areas, and the midfield providing some creative flair, the only missing piece of the puzzle is a goal scorer who will lurk around the box. It can not be stressed enough how important a role the lone striker will play in Portugal’s campaign, whether it be Almeida or Postiga. If they perform, the team stand a chance of reaching the latter stages. However, if chances are as thin on the ground for the chosen striker against Denmark as they were against Germany, their may be trouble ahead for Paolo Bento’s men.

Prediction- Denmark 0-1 Portugal