The battle for Euro 2012 qualification in Group H remains incredibly tight and Denmark’s home clash with Norway could be crucial in deciding who reaches next year’s finals.
The pair have suffered just one defeat apiece so far, both going down to leaders Portugal and they shared the spoils with each other in Oslo in March so Betfred’s 12/5 chalked against the draw is sure to be popular ahead of the Copenhagen contest. However, benefiting from home advantage, Morten Olsen’s men should have the edge and they’re even money courtesy of Totesport to land a vital three points.
It looks set to be close in the Parken Stadion, where bet365 offer odds of 13/5 for a home win by a one-goal margin and given that the Danes were only denied a 1-0 success in the reverse fixture by a late Erik Huseklepp leveller, there’s every chance that they can take the lead and hold onto it on their own patch. Subsequently, the correct score value, it could be argued, lies with Stan James’ 6/1 for the hosts to fire the only goal.
In-form Italy are a home banker at 4/11 (Skybet) as they entertain a Slovenia team surprisingly beaten by Estonia at home on Friday. The Group C leaders have won six out of seven and conceded just one goal so they can prevail ‘to nil’ here, an outcome Paddy Power price at 10/11 in Florence.
Turkey’s hopes of securing the play-off spot in Group A were helped hugely by Belgium’s failure to win in Azerbaijan and Guus Hiddink’s troops, at 7/5 with William Hill, can tighten their grip on second place by collecting maximum points in Austria. Meanwhile, in Group G, Switzerland are 4/7 (Betfred) to keep their chances of finishing as runners-up alive by sending Bulgaria home empty-handed.
Denmark to beat Norway 1-0 – 6/1 (Stan James)
Italy to beat Slovenia ‘to nil’ – 10/11 (Paddy Power)
Turkey to beat Austria – 7/5 (William Hill)
Denmark, Italy, Turkey and Switzerland accumulator – 9/1 (Betfred)