So it boils down to this then at the Women’s Euro 2017. Even on home soil, the Netherlands were a big dark horse to go and win the title. They were a 10/1 shot around the start of the tournament and that was because of the powerhouses like Germany, England and France all knocking around the tournament and with the Dutch never having been to the Final before. But everything has been turned on its head in this summer’s Euro’s with only England out of the big three making it to the Final four, and they were stopped by the Dutch when they got there.
So history will be made on Sunday. This is the first time that both the Netherlands and Denmark have been to the Final of the Women’s Euro so a new name will be etched into the record books after the game. It is the Netherlands who are 4/5 favourites at Ladbrokes to win the game in 90 minutes, with Denmark at 15/4. The Dutch now not only have tremendous winning momentum behind them, but they are playing on home soil in front of a sell out crowd, so that will benefit them hugely. But the Danes have already caused a huge upset in the tournament in beating Germany. Do they have another huge effort in them?
The Dutch have won all of their games in the tournament so far and have gotten better and better the longer the tournament has gone on. In the group stage, they won each of their games by a one goal margin only, which would have cast some doubts over them in the knockout stages against tougher opposition. However, they actually stepped up their game beating the experienced Sweden 2-0 in the quarter finals and then powering their way past then tournament favourites England 3-0 in the semi finals. So they have gotten better and better and Lieke Martens has been outstanding for them and she could well win player of the tournament. She is an 11/5 anytime goalscorer option.
The Danes had failed in each of their five previous semi appearances in the UEFA Women’s’ European Championships. So this is the first time they have managed to get past that and that was only through a penalty shoot out against a resilient Austria side. The Danes were helped out by some shocking penalty kicks by the Austrians it has to be said. They suffered a loss against the Netherlands in the group stage, but that loss sandwiched 1-0 victories that they recorded over Norway and Belgium to qualify. Then it was that epic comeback win over Germany in the quarter finals that they recorded, after having fallen behind after 3 minutes and then they had to grind it out against the Austrians.
So the head to head form is actually in favour of Denmark. From 21 meetings including friendly matches, Denmark are 11-6 ahead. Seven of those twenty-one games have been competitive and the Danes are 4-3 up in those. However, it has been the Dutch who have won the three most recent games. Before the Oranje posted the group stage win over them in this tournament, they won two 2016 friendly games against the Danes as well, netting two goals in each.
Top Betting Tips
The Dutch have conceded just one goal in the tournament so far and the Danes just two. So this indicates that this will be a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals at a price of 8/15 reflects that. The Dutch were technically brilliant against England and just looked juiced up for this one. The Danes can’t match the pace and technical ability of the Dutch and the Netherlands to win to nil is massively appealing at a price of 7/4 with Ladbrokes. A repeat of that 1-0 correct score for the Dutch from the group stage at 9/2 is also handily priced.