After opening their campaign with an insipid defeat against fancied Belgium, Russia bounced back to beat Finland 1-0 on home soil in Saint Petersburg courtesy of Aleksei Miranchuk’s terrific finish in first-half stoppage time.
They currently sit second in the group and another win at the Parken Stadium will see them safely through to the last 16.
Denmark lost their restarted opener 1-0 to Finland after the cardiac arrest suffered by star playmaker Christian Eriksen, who has now been discharged from hospital after a successful operation to fit a heart-starting device.
They then took an early lead in an emotional contest against the Belgians back in Copenhagen, only for substitute Kevin de Bruyne to inspire the world’s no1-ranked team to a 2-1 comeback win in a match that included a lovely tribute to Eriksen.
After two defeats, Denmark need to beat Russia on Monday and hope that Belgium take care of business at the same time against Finland in Saint Petersburg.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Russia vs Denmark is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Monday, June 21, 2021.
The match will be held at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Where to watch Russia vs Denmark
TV channel: Monday’s match will be televised live on BBC Two for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will also be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
Russia vs Denmark team news
Russia’s Brazilian-born defender Mario Fernandes landed horribly on his back during a nasty fall suffered while competing for a header against Finland and received lengthy treatment on the pitch before being stretched off.
The right-back was taken to hospital, where it was confirmed that he had not suffered a spinal injury. Russia said he would be monitored by team doctors.
Meanwhile, Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand chose 20-year-old Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard as a replacement for Eriksen against Belgium, with Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard also called upon in an attempt to stifle Roberto Martinez’s star-studded side.
However, ex-Cardiff striker Andreas Cornelius will be pushing to come in to what will surely be a more attacking lineup for a game that Denmark have to win.
Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin, Matvei Safonov, Anton Shunin
Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya, Igor Diveev, Yuri Zhirkov, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Fedor Kudryashov, Andrei Semenov, Mario Fernandes, Roman Evgeniev
Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Maksim Mukhin, Aleksandr Golovin, Daniil Fomin, Roman Zobnin, Alexei Ionov, Daler Kuzyayev, Magomed Ozdoev, Denis Makarov, Aleksei Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba, Anton Zabolotny, Aleksandr Sobolev
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronnow
Defenders: Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen, Mathias Jorgensen, Daniel Wass, Jens Stryger Larsen, Joakim Maehle, Nicolai Boilesen
Midfielders: Thomas Delaney, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, Anders Christiansen
Forwards: Kasper Dolberg, Jonas Wind, Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Robert Skov, Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Skov Olsen
Russia vs Denmark predicted lineups
Russia: Safonov; Barinov, Diveev, Dzhikiya; Mário Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Karavaev; Miranchuk, Golovin; Dzyuba
Denmark: Schmeichel; Mæhle, Kjær, Christensen, Wass; Damsgaard, Højbjerg, Delaney; Poulsen, Cornelius, Braithwaite
Russia vs Denmark prediction
Russia got their campaign up and running against Finland, but it was a poor affair settled by a moment of real quality from Miranchuk.
Denmark’s players and coaches have handled an incredibly difficult few weeks admirably and it is understandable if their minds still aren’t fully on the task at hand.
However, Eriksen being discharged from hospital is fantastic news and they will no doubt want to try and win for their team-mate, who has been back to visit.
Yussuf Poulsen’s goal against the Belgians will live long in the memory and with that sort of passion and emotion present in the stadium again in Copenhagen on Monday, we fancy the Danes to triumph.
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