How the Bookies See it:
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The Netherlands finished top of Group A following wins over Norway, Denmark and rivals Belgium before dispatching of Sweden in the quarter-finals. Sarina Wiegmann’s team then effortlessly swept aside England, as goals from Vivianne Miedema, Vivianne Miedema and a deflected shot that cannoned in off a helpless Millie Bright saw the hosts reach their first ever European Championship final. The girls in orange have netted nine goals in five games and conceded just one, making them one of the tournament’s most formidable sides.
Denmark’s loss to the Netherlands in the group stages was sandwiched between 1-0 victories over Belgium and Norway as the ladies in red snuck through in second place. An impressive win over Germany in the quarter-finals followed, as the Danes dealt the holders their first European Championship defeat since 1993, before a 3-0 penalty shootout win over Austria booked Nils Nielsen’s side a place in the Euro 2017 final. Denmark have scored four goals in five games and conceded just two.
Sunday’s final sees the two standout teams of Euro 2017 go head to head for the tournament’s ultimate prize. The bookies have the Netherlands the clear favourites to waltz away with the title and it’s not hard to see why. The hosts may have looked sluggish in the group stages, but they rarely looked under pressure and burst out of the traps once the knockout football began. Sweden and England are ranked amongst the top ten women’s teams in world football, and the girls in orange ruthlessly dispatched of both with ease.
Another win to round off a remarkable tournament is priced at 3/4 with Bet365, while a third straight win to nil looks tempting at 7/4. Of course, there is every chance that the Dutch could repeat their 1-0 victory over the Danes, an outcome that is handsomely priced at 5/1 with BoyleSports.
Few are giving Denmark a chance, but this is the same group of women that derailed the German juggernaut earlier in the competition. A win for De Rød-Hvide looks unlikely, especially with Bet365 offering odds of 4/1, but miracles are possible. The Danes will have to dig deep if they are to prevent the Dutch from scoring, with a Danish clean sheet available at 3/1, but they did just that against Austria in the previous round, even preventing the debutants from netting in the shootout. However, with the partisan crowd against them and overwhelming confidence surging in the Dutch camp, this could be one step too far for the plucky Danes.
Sports.net’s top tip:
Netherlands to win 1-0
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.