Denmark – Panama (International Friendlies)
Denmark and Panama face each other this Thursday at the Brondby Stadium, in Copenhagen, in a friendly match. The Danes are preparing to play the penultimate friendly match before heading to the 2018 World cup, having already lost two matches in 2018. Panama, on their turn, are preparing to play their first game of the year and will face Switzerland five days after this trip do Danish soil.
Denmark have been unhappy in this year’s friendly clashes, having already lost 1-0 in Sweden, and 2-3 at home against Jordan. Denmark manage to qualify to the 2018 World Cup, eliminating Republic of Ireland in the play-off. The Danes are part of the Group C in the World Cup, along with Australia, Peru and France.
The coach Age Hareide has some well-known names in the world of football in his squad, some of them very talented that will surely provide consistency, quality and experience to this national team. The Danish Dynamite have talent in all sectors, starting with Kasper Schmeichel in goal, from Leicester City, Kjaer and Christensen at the back, from Sevilla and Chelsea, Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Delaney in midfield, from Tottenham, Ajax and Werder Bremen, and Sisto, Bendtner and Poulsen in the front line, from Celta Vigo, Rosenborg and Leipzig.
Probable Lineup: Schmeichel – Larsen, Kjaer, Christensen and Durmisi – Kvist, Schone and Eriksen – Sisto, Bendtner and Poulsen.
Panama, on their turn, have not played a single match since November and their last match was against Wales, ending in a 1-1 draw. Los Canaleros have achieved a much desired qualification to the 2018 World Cup where they will part of Grou G, along with Belgium, England and Tunisia. Panama are looking to cement its starting XI in order to arrive in Russia in the best possible form.
This national team does not feature any well-known names unlike their opponents, since most of Panama’s players play in America. Still, Panama has a lot of players with experience at international level, with several players having more than 80 appearances each. After this clash, this national team will travel to Switzerland, and before the start to of the World Cup there are already two more friendlies scheduled, against Northern Ireland and Norway.
Probable Lineup: Penedo – Murillo, Baloy, Escobar and Ovalle – Vargas, Heráldez, Cooper and Ávila – Pérez and Torres.
This will be the first direct clash between both sides. Denmark are playing in home ground and holds a squad superior in talent and quality. Because it is a friendly match, both teams should act in a more offensive way, and this might be a game with a few goals.