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Team news, match facts and prediction as Wales seek promotion at home against Denmark in UEFA Nations League

Date and Time: Friday 16th November (19:45)

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

Referee: Ivan Kruzliak

TV: Sky Sports Football

Wales will be looking to earn promotion in the UEFA Nations League this evening when they host Denmark at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Red Dragons will hope to get over the line this evening in what is set to be a tricky test when they come up against Denmark.

Wales currently top the group on six points but are closely followed by the Danes, who have four points and a game in hand over Ryan Giggs’ men.

When the two sides met in Aarhus, Wales suffered a 2-0 loss as Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen scored twice for the Danes as they cruised to victory at Ceres Park.

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Giggs’ side will now look to avenge for that defeat and they have a massive incentive, given if they win this clash, they will be promoted in the UEFA Nations League.

Denmark have some classy players, though. Eriksen is a player who has phenomenal talent within his disposal and can change a game in an instant and he is certainly a player who the Red Dragons will need to keep a close on the Spurs man.

The 26-year-old has failed to net in the nine Premier League fixtures this season, but has assisted on two occasions and remains an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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Former Cardiff City flop Andreas Cornelius could cause Wales problems through his physicality if he starts, too. The Bordeaux man will no doubt be eager to make an impact in the Welsh Capital – he has scored once and assisted once in eight appearances so far in Ligue One this season.

When Wales play Denmark, they tend to be evenly fought contests. The last four times they have played the Danes, they have won twice and lost twice.

The last time they beat the Tin Soldiers was in 2008, as Craig Bellamy scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for John Toshack’s side, in Denmark.

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Tonight’s referee comes in the form of Slovakian official, Ivan Kruzliak and has a vast amount of experience of taking charge of games in Europe, despite his tender age of 34.

He has refereed two games in the UEFA Champions League already this season, producing a total of eight yellow cards in the two matches, including Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven.

This game may have a friendly feel to it, but it is a much bigger game than that and there is no doubt that the Welsh faithful will be up for it – with the football association of Wales already confirming that the fixture is a sell-out.

Team News

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will have his ankle assessed ahead of tonight’s clash. Youngster Ethan Ampadu could play a part at the Cardiff City Stadium – David Brooks and Tom Lawrence could also start out wide for Giggs’ side.

Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen will start for the Danes. Andreas Cornelius, the former Cardiff City striker, could feature at some point in the Welsh Capital.

Simon Kjaer, the Denmark captain, is out with a hamstring injury for the visitors.


2018: Denmark 2-0 Wales

2008: Denmark 0-1 Wales

1999: Wales 0-2 Denmark