WC Qualifiers: Romania and Denmark Need Victory to Keep Qualification Hopes AlivePublished March 26, 2017 by Florin P
The rivalry between Romania and Denmark in qualification games is reignited in Group E derby (7:45 p.m UK Time).
These two teams have never played against each other at the World Cup or the European championship. However, they locked horns in the qualifiers and the Danish emerged victorious when they needed victory the most. For the Romanian side, this is a match of critical importance not only due to this awkward rivalry, but also because they desperately need the points.
Draws Can Prove Fatal for Romania
Romania qualified for the European championship after splitting points in some of the most important fixtures. This strategy has backfired badly during this qualifying campaign and the hosts sit in the fourth place, five points behind leaving Poland. Against Denmark, they will need to take more chances upfront and the German coach will use two strikers for the first time.
The 4-2-3-1 starting formation proved its limitations against opponents and was a huge disappointment against Montenegro and Kazakhstan. Denmark is still going through a lengthy reconstruction process and is currently a team to beat. They are dangerous on the counterattack but that’s a risk that Romania needs to take in order to keep the qualification hopes alive.
No Draw yet for Denmark
Denmark lost two games during this qualifying campaign, both of them against the better placed teams of Montenegro and Poland. They need to recuperate those points in the head to head fixtures, while adding more in between. Romania showed serious defensive flaws against Poland and these weaknesses can be speculated by an offensive starting formation.
On paper, Denmark has a couple of great strikers and both Braithwaite and Cornelius are expected to feature in the starting formation. The visitors also have the option of starting with three strikers, as Poulsen met the high expectations at Leipzig. Both teams struggled defensively and that’s why punters should bet on at least two goals to be scored. bet365 Sports offers odds of 9/10 on this outcome and will refund the stakes if exactly 2 goals are scored.