Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Denmark has assembled a strong squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup and will head to Qatar full of confidence after finishing as the winners of Group F in their European qualifying campaign.
They also proved their potential in major championships when making it to the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
Qualifying couldn’t have gone much better for the Danes, as they went nine games unbeaten, only losing in their final game to Scotland.
They conceded two goals there but before that their goalkeeper had only been beaten once, showing the strength of their defence.
In total, they scored 30 goals, which is impressive considering only three other European teams – England, Germany, and the Netherlands – scored more goals in qualifying.
Highlights of their campaign included an 8-0 thrashing of Moldova and other comprehensive defeats of Israel and Austria.
Many of their goals were spread throughout the squad, but young Club Brugge striker Andreas Skov Olsen finished as their leading goalscorer, hitting five goals in 10 games.
Denmark Team Odds To Win World Cup
Denmark has only once made the quarter-final stage of a World Cup, in France in 1998.
Since then they have failed to qualify on two occasions, but when making the finals they tend to be fairly consistent, reaching the knockout stages twice from three attempts, in 2002 and 2018.
This Denmark side has a good blend of experience and youth, with a sound back line and plenty of creative types in midfield and attack, including Christian Eriksen, Mikkel Damsgaard, and Kasper Dolberg.
Despite the strength of depth of their squad, Kasper Hjulmand’s side is considered outsiders at 30/1 (+3000) to win the World Cup.
That leaves them 10th in the betting and at a shorter price than teams such as Croatia, Uruguay, and Senegal.
They have been drawn in Group D in Qatar and will face reigning champions France, Tunisia, and Australia.
With the World Cup holders in their group, it’s unlikely the Danes will have the firepower to qualify as group winners, and they are currently priced at 11/5 (+220) to do so, while France are strong 2/5 (-250) favourites.
However, Denmark should qualify as runners-up and can reward backers at 3/10 (-330).
A run to the quarter-finals would equal their best ever result, and they are 8/5 (+160) – original odds: 9/5 (+180) – to make it that far.
However, their ambitious coach is likely to have his eyes set on the latter stages and they are 4/1 (+400) – original odds: 5/1 (+500) – to make the semi-finals, and 10/1 (+1000) – original odds: 12/1 (+1200) – to go all the way to the final.
How To Bet On Danish Team In Qatar
Whether it’s backing Christian Eriksen to score a free-kick or Denmark to keep a clean sheet against Tunisia, there are hundreds of different markets to choose from in Denmark’s matches at the World Cup.
So, if you want to have the best chance of being successful, you need to understand how things work.
Here’s a list of popular types of bets to keep in mind when betting on Denmark at the World Cup this winter.
Player Prop Bets
You might have a favourite player or just have an inkling about one. If that’s the way you’re thinking then player props are a good option.
An example of this might be backing Kasper Dolberg to be the first goalscorer against France or if you’re a little less confident, just pick him to score at any time.
Team Prop Bets
Team prop bets are based on a team’s performance during a game.
This can sometimes mean that you might bet on something to happen, for example, Denmark scoring over one goal against France, but they might still end up losing the match.
In short, the result of the match doesn’t always dictate how prop bets end up.
Denmark might be a good option for the Asian handicap market. This is where the favourites are given a virtual advantage before kick-off which brings their odds closer to the outsiders.
When Denmark takes on France at the World Cup, the holders will be priced up as the favourites by 1.5 goals, which effectively means the bookies think the French will win the match by two goals or more.
If you think Denmark can either lose by one goal, grab a draw or even win, then you’d back them +1.5 on the Asian handicap.
Goal lines bets are those which enable you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a chosen match.
Denmark, for example, might look to keep it tight against France, so you could look to bet on under 2.5 goals being scored in total during their encounter with the defending champions.
In each match, bookmakers will predict the total number of goals that will be scored.
Once this number is set, it’s the job of punters to decide if there will be more or less and then wager accordingly.
For example, during a Denmark game against Australia at the World Cup, a bookmaker may predict there to be a total of five goals scored during the game.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Denmark
Denmark will be quietly fancied to go well at this year’s World Cup and they’ll be fancied by many to upset a few.
Whether it’s the Asian handicap or simply betting in the 90-minute market, there are a whole host of markets available online, so it’s crucial to understand how things work and the way to do them. Here are some simple steps to follow when betting online.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to open an online betting account with one of the huge numbers of bookies.
It’s a good idea to shop around as each will offer plenty of different sign-up offers, especially during a tournament as big as the World Cup.
Once you’ve narrowed it down and found the market you want to bet on, you’ll need to add it to your bet slip. Here’s how to do that:
- Click on the odds to add it to your bet slip.
- Decide how much you want to wager and enter it into the ‘stake size’ section.
- You’ll need to deposit money to do this if you haven’t already. It’s likely the bookmaker will prompt you to during the process if this is the case.
- If you already have the money in your account, then you can go ahead and click the ‘place bet’ button. The website will then confirm this has been successfully placed.
- Many bookmakers offer ‘cash out’ options or other in-running perks, so it’s good practice to keep an eye on your bet slip when the action is unfolding.
Denmark Team Overview For Qatar
Denmark will be aiming to build upon their strong qualifying campaign and performance in the European Championship when in Qatar this winter.
They aren’t easy to play against, as they showed when pushing England all the way to the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
This fact, along with the quality they possess, is likely to stand them in good stead. It makes sense to put Denmark in the surprise package category, as a side that is capable of causing a stir in Qatar – can they match their European Championship finish?
Key Football Players
Most of the members of this Denmark squad play in Europe’s top leagues, and they have experienced internationals in all positions.
None more so than their captain Simon Kjær, who has 121 caps to his name, the third most in Danish football history.
A good run at the World Cup would see him close in on Peter Schmeichel’s record of 129 international caps.
In goal, Schmeichel’s son Kasper has made 86 international appearances for his country.
Amazingly, Christian Eriksen has already played 117 times for Denmark, despite being only 30 years old, while Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite have more than 100 caps between them in the attack.
To go alongside that experience, Denmark has plenty of young talent.
In defence, Atalanta full-back Joakim Mæhle is a real threat when overlapping down the wing, while Andreas Christensen and Joachim Andersen provide plenty of cover for Kjær at the back.
Denmark can play a 4-3-3 system but do sometimes push their full-backs forward to create a 3-5-2 formation.
This often saw Christensen take up a deep-lying centre midfield role.
However, with the return of Eriksen to the side in March, nearly a year after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Euro 2020, the Danes adopted more of a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing with the Brentford midfielder just behind the striker.
Eriksen will be a key player in Qatar and could provide the crucial link between the midfield and an attack that features plenty of exciting talent.
At 22, 22, and 25 years old respectively this could be the tournament where Mikkel Damsgaard, Andreas Skov Olsen, and Kasper Dolberg really set the international scene alight.
They have plenty of covers too with Poulsen and Braithwaite also more than capable of finding the net.
If Denmark can consistently supply their front line, they will be a dangerous opponent for anyone they meet.
Andreas Christensen is the one player in danger of missing some tournament action for Denmark, having sprained his ankle for Barcelona in early October.
Otherwise, Kasper Hjulmand has a clean bill of health to choose from.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Denmark is led by coach Kasper Hjulmand. The 50-year-old had a low-key playing career as a defender for teams Randers Freja, Herlev IF, and B.93 in the Danish League.
However, he caught my attention when taking over as manager of Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjælland and leading them to a league title in his first season.
A spell at German Bundesliga side Mainz 05 followed, before his return to Nordsjælland in 2016. In 2020 he took over as the coach of the national team, and was immediately successful, leading them to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Hjulmand was joined by assistant coach Morten Wieghorst in 2020. Wieghorst had a successful career as a midfielder, winning championships with Celtic in Scotland and Brøndby IF in Denmark.
He began his coaching career similarly to Hjulmand, as an assistant at FC Nordsjælland, before moving on to teams like Aalborg.
Denmark Team Road To Qatar
While it could be argued that Denmark had an easy group in qualifying, containing Scotland, Austria, Israel, Moldova, and the Faroe Islands, they still had to perform consistently and that’s exactly what they did.
Beginning with a 2-0 win against Israel early last year, the Danes didn’t look back as they won their next seven games, scoring 23 goals without conceding.
The only blip came with defeat against Scotland in their final game when they had already secured their World Cup place.
Denmark’s World Cup History
Denmark endured a long wait to participate in their first World Cup, as they failed to appear in the competition from 1930 until 1986.
At Mexico ’86 they performed admirably, winning a group that included West Germany, but ran into Spain in the last 16 and were beaten 5-1.
They again failed to qualify for the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, before achieving their best-placed finish, when making the quarter-finals at France ’98 after a tight 3-2 loss to eventual finalists Brazil.
Since then, the Danes have made the last 16 twice in 2002 and the last World Cup but failed to get out of their group at the 2010 competition in South Africa.
With their current side looking one of their strongest ever, Denmark will be hoping to at least equal their best-ever finish in this year’s World Cup.
Naturally, Danish fans have an obsession with white and red, the colours of their flag. Fans also often like to dress in Viking helmets to celebrate their Norse heritage.
They are known for linking hands when watching their team and swaying back while singing a comical Danish song which can be translated as, “we’re sailing up the river and down again, that’s such a wonderful song, let’s sing it once again”.
The number 10 has also taken on a special significance for the fans, as it is worn by their talisman Christen Eriksen, who has made a miraculous return to playing full-time football last season after a near-tragedy last year.
Through his ordeal, the Danish fans showed their support for him every step of the way. Whatever happens, you certainly won’t miss the Danish fans in Qatar.