Czech Republic vs Denmark: Danes can turn back the clock to 1992

A place in the Euro 2020 semi-final will be on the line when Czech Republic and Denmark clash at the Olympic stadium in Baku.

When: Saturday, June 3, 17:00 BST

Where: Baku, Azerbaijan

How to watch: ITV

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Best Bets

Denmark to win and BTTS at 15/4

Denmark to win and over 2.5 goals at 14/5

Yussuf Poulsen to score anytime at 12/5

Denmark are in the European Championship quarter-final. Anyone else getting those 1992 vibes?

The Danes have been the story of the tournament, not only due to Christian Eriksen's collapse but also because of the way they bounced back from adversity.

Denmark players celebrate their round-of-16 win over Wales
Denmark players celebrate their round-of-16 win over Wales

After becoming the first team in history to lose their opening two games and still progress to the knockout stages, Denmark went on to dismantle Wales in the round of 16.

A 4-0 victory in Amsterdam underlined the fact that Denmark aren't only playing on emotions. In truth, this is a team awash with quality and potential.

It's fair to say that the Czech Republic have also made waves in the competition. A 2-0 win over Scotland made global headlines thanks to Patrik Schick's goal from 45 metres.

Czech Republic celebrate their 2-0 win over the Netherlands
Czech Republic celebrate their 2-0 win over the Netherlands

But their true crowning moment came in the knockout stages when a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands sent shockwaves through the tournament. The result even led to the resignation of the Dutch manager, Frank de Boer.

Czech Republic have proven to be defensively solid and ruthless on the counter. Question is, will they have enough quality to prevail against an exuberant and experienced Danish outfit?

Last Three Matches

Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark (Friendly - November 15, 2016)

The last head-to-head encounter between the two nations took place five years ago.

Antonin Barak opened the scoring in the eighth minute at the Lokotrans Arena.

However, Denmark fought back and found an equaliser through Nicolai Jorgensen just before the break.

Czech Republic 0-3 Denmark (World Cup Qualifier - March 22, 2013)

Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the two nations clashed in the qualifiers.

The second game between the two ended with a comprehensive victory for the Danes.

After a goalless first-half, the team sprang into life and secured a 3-0 win with efforts from Andreas Cornelius, Simon Kjaer and Niki Zimling.

Denmark 0-0 Czech Republic (World Cup Qualifier - September 8, 2012)

The two nations served up a rather eventless goalless draw when they met in the early stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

In the context of qualification, this could be seen as a pivotal result considering Denmark missed out on the play-offs by a point.

Last ten head-to-heads

Czech Republic wins: 2

Draws: 6

Denmark wins: 2

Czech Republic goals: 9

Denmark goals: 8

Selection headache for Denmark

Danish striker Kasper Dolberg stole headlines as his brace against Wales helped his side to a comfortable round-of-16 victory.

Dolberg replaced the injured Yussuf Poulsen but with the RB Leipzig forward back in the fold, manager Kasper Hjulmand now faces a selection dilemma.

Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand speaking with his players
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand speaking with his players

However, one thing we know about this manager is that he's unphased by making tough decisions. One which he got spot on was his move to change the team's system to a three-at-the-back formation.

Since then, Denmark have scored eight goals in two games while conceding just once.

Some would argue that Czech Republic's display against the Netherlands proved they can handle an offensive style of soccer.

But with the Dutch playing the majority of the second-half with only ten-men, that notion is yet to be fully tested.

Denmark's results so far…

Denmark 0-1 Finland

Denmark 1-2 Belgium

Russia 1-4 Denmark

Wales 0-4 Denmark

Czech Republic looking replicate Greece at Euro 2004

For all four nations on this side of the draw - Ukraine, England, Denmark and the Czech Republic - the way that this tournament has panned out has created a realistic pathway to the final.

One of these aforementioned nations will be fighting for the Henri Delaunay trophy at Wembley and for the Czechs - who started the tournament as the 150/1 underdogs - it would be a true fairy tale story.

Czech Republic scoring against the Netherlands
Czech Republic scoring against the Netherlands

Interestingly enough, those same odds were offered for Greece before the start of Euro 2004. We all know what happened then.

With that in mind, Jaroslav Silhavy's men shouldn't be underestimated ahead of this crucial encounter against Denmark.

Afterall, this is a team full of confidence following recent results. A solid defence and a sharp counter-attack with Schick at the top has allowed this team to flourish.

Czech Republic manager, Jaroslav Silhavy
Czech Republic manager, Jaroslav Silhavy

What's more, the team has been boosted by the return of captain Vladimir Darida who has been struggling with a leg injury.

All in all, Saturday's clash is shaping up to be a very intriguing encounter.

Czech Republic's results so far…

Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic

Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic

Czech Republic 0-1 England

Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic

Goalscorer bets

As things stand, Patrick Schick is the tournament's joint-second top scorer with four goals to his name.

In fact, one more goal will put him on equal footing with the legendary Milan Baros for scoring the most Czech goals at a single European Championship tournament.

Looking at the prices, Schick does offer good value at 11/4.

Czech Republic's Patrik Schick
Czech Republic's Patrik Schick

However, our tip is to back Yussuf Poulsen. With the player set to return to action, he is certainly worth a go at 12/5.

The RB Leipzig forward has already scored twice in this tournament and looks in great form.

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