So it is into the semi final stage of the Women’s Euro 2017 and here we have not one, but two surprise teams in the final four. It would have taken a bold punt to just predict one of these to be still standing at this stage of the competition, but both of them, well that was not on anyone’s radar. But both took advantage of some vulnerabilities against tough opposition in the last round with Denmark pulling off a shock comeback win against pre-tournament favourites Germany, while Austria showed their grit in winning a penalty shoot out against Spain.
Now whoever wins this will be the sixth different finalists in the history of the Women’s Euro and therefore, one will break new ground in having gone further than ever before in the tournament. For Austria that would be even more impressive because this is their debut in the competition. Will they be able to get past the Danes who have been at this stage five times before throughout the history of the tournament? There is a fascinating contest set and Denmark are 6/4 favourites at bet365 to win this with Austria out at 2/1.
The Danes posted a W2 L1 record in the group stage. They beat both Norway and Belgium by a 1-0 scoreline and those successes were sandwiched between a 1-0 defeat which they suffered against the host nation the Netherlands. To their credit though, they faced the toughest quarter final tie they could have gotten, going up against tournament favourites Germany. After three minutes, Denmark were behind and were being written off. But they managed a tremendous come-from-behind victory to record the biggest upset in this summers tournament. They aren’t a side stacked with attacking options, but they are working hard for each other.
It has been a remarkable run from Austria. They topped their group over red-hot favourites France in the first stage, importantly holding off the French in a 1-1 draw. The thing about Austria is that this is their debut in the Finals, but they haven’t looked out of place. They are going for it and have so far gotten their rewards. After a W2 D1 record in the group stage, they played out a 0-0 draw with Spain in the quarterfinals and edged their way through, holding their nerves by winning a penalty shoot out. Led by enigmatic and inspirational captain Nina Burger, they just don’t look ready to lie down and take anything.
Denmark and Austria met for a friendly just back at the start of July and Austria won that 4-2. Just to highlight the degree of unexpected success that they have had, that was the first time since 2014 that they have beaten any of the other fifteen nations that were in this summer’s European Championships. Prior to that, the only competitive meetings between these two were in Euro 2013 qualifying, when they shared home wins. This is Austria’s first appearance in the semi finals and for Denmark, this is their sixth. However, the Danes have lost each of their five previous appearances at this stage.
Top Betting Tips
A great game which no-one expected to be considering. Austria are worth backing in the To Qualify market at even money for this one. This is likely going to be tight, the Austrians will be buoyed by that win over Denmark just back in July and they have positive momentum in not having tasted defeat yet at the Euros. Considering that Denmark have failed at this stage so many times before, why not back the underdogs?