When the Netherlands lock horns with Denmark, the dark horses, the highlight of the match is Christian Eriksen. Christian Eriksen has recovered from a bout of Covid-19 and could make his return to the Denmark team on Saturday, nine months after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to coach Kasper Hjulmand.
“The most likely scenario is that he starts on the bench against the Netherlands,” Hjulmand said.
“We’ll see how it pans out in Amsterdam. But he’s 100 percent available for selection at home,” with Denmark hosting Serbia on March 29 after Saturday’s away match against the Dutch.
The Netherlands’ qualification to the 2022 World Cup was extremely tough, suffering a run of penalties and finishing in the first place, just two points ahead of their closest rivals. The team finished the qualifying rounds under Louis van Gaal. Five victories and two draws resulted from seven games played by the Netherlands.
Denmark has not consistently qualified for major international tournaments, but they have now done so steadily. Also, the Vikings reached the semi-finals at the last UEFA EURO 2020. Kasper Hjulmand’s side was just as strong in the next World Cup 2022 qualifying tournament, winning their opening nine rounds, with their only defeat coming in their last meeting.
The Netherlands have won just three of their last 12 friendly matches on home soil since June 2015 and have only managed to keep two clean sheets in that stretch, so a Denmark side only looking upwards ought to travel with Amsterdam with no fear this weekend.
Denmark were only 90 minutes away from ending a perfect World Cup Qualifying campaign with ten wins and 30 points to their name, but Scotland had other ideas at Hampden Park, as Kasper Hjulmand’s side dropped points for the first and only time in Group F.
Netherlands: Cody Gakpo and Jurrien Timber are carrying knocks at the moment and might not feature in this game. The Netherlands could experiment with their team for this fixture. Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken is seemingly set to make his debut for the Netherlands this weekend amid his side’s remarkable Bundesliga campaign, with Jasper Cillessen and Justin Bijlow not involved this time around.
Denmark: Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen are injured at the moment and have been ruled out of this fixture. Denmark will need to name their strongest team for this match.
The Netherlands have a good record against Denmark and won 12 out of 29 matches between the two teams. Denmark have managed eight victories against the Dutch and could trouble their opponents in this fixture.
Netherlands form guide: W-D-W-W-W
Denmark form guide: L-W-W-W-W
Netherlands vs Denmark Predicted XI
Netherlands Predicted XI (4-3-3): Mark Flekken; Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Blind; Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Davy Klaassen; Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay, Arnaut Danjuma
Denmark Predicted XI (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Joachim Andersen, Jannik Vestergaard, Victor Nelsson; Alexander Bah, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Joakim Maehle; Andreas Skov Olsen, Kasper Dolberg, Jens Stryger Larsen