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Match Preview: Denmark vs Switzerland

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It is Denmark vs Switzerland at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen, tomorrow at 18:00 (CET).

Two of the top 15 sides according the FIFA World Rankings table go head to head, as Denmark hosts Switzerland for their EURO 2020 qualifiers encounter.

The game is of vital importance for the final outcome of Group D, with only a point separating both opponents.

Denmark, although one point ahead of Switzerland is in the worse situation of all three contenders for the top two spots on the table.

The Danish side sits in second, two points behind Republic of Ireland and their one-point lead of third-placed Switzerland may not mean anything, because the Swiss side has played four games, compared to Denmark’s five.

This means that the hosts of tonight’s game can not be satisfied with anything but the three points from the clash at Telia Parken.

A defeat would practically end the EURO 2020 hopes for Age Hareide’s side, as they would put themselves in the position to trail behind the top two spots by two points with one game less to play than the group leaders.

Team news

Gytkjaer, Dolberg and Cornelius are all competing for spots in Hareide’s starting XI, with Skov being tipped to get a place in the team ahead of Braithwaite.

Nikolai Jorgensen is out with injury for the hosts, while Andersen and Billing could make their Denmark debuts.

Switzerland will travel to Copenhagen without injured trio – Xherdan Shaqiri, Timm Klose and Steven Zuber.

Granit Xhaka will captain the team at the Telia Parken Stadium, while in-form Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic are expected to lead Vladimir Petkovic’s attacking line.

Stats

Both Denmark (2W 3D) and Switzerland (2W 2D), as well as group leaders Republic of Ireland (3W 2D),  are undefeated in the European Qualifiers so far.

In their most recent encounter six and a half months ago, the Swiss national side threw away a 3-0 lead, as Denmark fought back to a 3-3 draw with goals in the last eight minutes of the game.

Denmark is unbeaten in the regular 90 minutes of a competitive game since the 1-0 home defeat to Montenegro in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, back in October 2016.

The Red and Whites have played 22 competitive games since then, winning 12 of them. Their only defeat came on penalties to Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s round of 16.

Switzerland has won only one of their last 5 games in all competitions – a 4-0 victory over Gibraltar during last month’s international break.

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