Preview: Scotland vs. Denmark

Preview: Scotland vs. Denmark

Fresh from securing second position in Group F and a spot in the World Cup 2022 qualification playoffs, Scotland will welcome runaway section leaders Denmark to Glasgow on Monday night.

Friday’s 2-0 victory in Moldova was enough to guarantee second in the group, while Denmark made it nine straight wins in the section with a 3-1 success over Faroe Islands on the same night.

Nathan Patterson and Che Adams scored the goals on Friday evening, as Scotland recorded a 2-0 victory over Moldova to clinch a World Cup playoff position with a game to spare.

Steve Clarke’s side have enjoyed an impressive Group F campaign, winning six, drawing two and losing one of their nine matches to collect 20 points, and they might have been in with a chance of finishing top of the section with that total, had Denmark not been in such incredible form.

There is no serious pressure on Scotland heading into Monday’s contest, but it is far from a dead rubber, as the home side need to win to stand the best possible chance of being seeded in the playoffs, which will see them be at home for a one-off semi-final next March.

Scotland have not qualified for the finals of a World Cup since 1998, but they did compete at this summer’s European Championship, failing to progress through the group stage of the competition.

Clarke’s team suffered a 2-0 defeat to Denmark in the reverse match in September, but the fact that the visitors have little to play for should work in the home side’s favour on Monday night.

Denmark reached the semi-finals of this summer’s European Championship, which proved to be their best performance in the competition since winning it in 1992. Meanwhile, they were present at the 2018 World Cup, reaching the round of 16 before losing to Croatia on a penalty shootout.

The Danes were always going to be the favourites to top this section, and they have enjoyed a stunning qualification campaign, winning all nine of their matches, scoring 30 times and conceding just once.

The Red and Whites will enter this match off the back of a 3-1 success over Faroe Islands on Friday, with Andreas Skov Olsen, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Joakim Maehle finding the back of the net.

Monday’s affair is a pressure-free contest for Denmark, but they have never won every match during qualification for a World Cup, so the visitors will be chasing a piece of history in Glasgow.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side have also been victorious in each of their six matches since a 2-1 defeat to England in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and will be in no mood to give up their impressive winning run.

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Preview: Scotland vs. Denmark – prediction, team news, lineups
We say: Scotland 1-1 Denmark
Hampden Park will be absolutely rocking on Monday, as Scotland go in search of a win, but we are finding it difficult to back against Denmark due to their incredible form in the section. Both teams will be feeling good about themselves entering the contest, and we have had to settle on a low-scoring draw in Glasgow.

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