2022 Hockey World Championship: Denmark has never qualified for a World Cup group in the past four years. Will Heinz Ehlers’ squad end their World Cup losing skid in 2022? We believe the Vikings can now make the playoffs.
Denmark in its present form
The Danish national team just became a regular competitor in the world’s strongest league at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and they have been very consistent since then. The Vikings have only reached the playoffs twice in the last 18 world championships, both times losing in the quarterfinals and placing eighth, while the other 16 times, they ended 10th to 14th in the overall standings. So they do not make it to the top 8, but they also avoid relegation every season.
Heinz Ehlers’ wards finished in 12th place in the most recent World Cup in Riga 2021. The Vikings would be unable to compete seriously at the Olympics in Beijing, but things turned out differently. The Red and Whites defeated the Czech Republic and Switzerland in their respective groups, 2-1 and 5-3, before falling to Russia 0-2 in a hard-fought battle. In the last 16, they defeated Latvia 3-2 before falling to the same Russians in the quarterfinals, this time 1-3.
The Danish national team played eight friendly matches in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. The Vikings were defeated twice by the Finns, 3:4 and 0:1, and twice by the Swedes, 1:6 and 2:3. Heinz Ehlers’ team won 2-0 and 3-1 against the Norwegians before falling to the British twice, 2-0 and 8-0. Three wins in their past four matches should instill confidence in the Red and Whites, while brutal confrontations with the Finns and Swedes should instill confidence in their opponents.
Expert Betting Advice
2022 Hockey World Championship: The Danish squad often makes headlines in significant international events. For example, in the 2021 World Cup, the Red and Whites overcame Sweden in average time and only lost in a shootout. At the 2022 Olympics, the Vikings defeated the same Czechs and Swiss before defeating the Latvians in the playoffs. At the 2022 World Cup, they will have another opportunity to pressure Switzerland, make a sensation against Canada, and quietly earn points against Kazakhstan, Italy, and France. Consequently, we must wager 1.65 on the Danish national team scoring less than 9.5 points.
Based on their success in the Beijing Olympics, they are well-positioned to win the 2022 World Cup in Finland. The men of Heinz Ehlers had much too fine a tournament in the Chinese city, where they did not allow a single failure in five games and even lost in several close skirmishes.
The Red and Whites lack world-class players
The Red and Whites lack world-class players, but they play commandingly, disciplined, and equally, which is particularly vital in short-term competitions. With this in mind, it is worth taking a gamble and betting 2.50 on Denmark to advance to the knockout round.
Returning to the Danish national team’s game structure, it is worth paying specific attention to their defense. The seasoned Sebastian Dahm, who played wonderfully in the Olympics in Beijing and is usually number one at the world championships, is likely to take the spot on the last line of defense. Despite facing great competition, the Vikings allowed only 11 goals in five games in the 2022 Olympics and only 15 in seven games in the previous World Cup. All of this implies that their defensive shape will now be reliable. Thus a 1.85 bet on the Danes’ Total Under 18.5 goals surrendered in the group is worth considering. OKBET Sportsbook allows you to bet legally online.