Scotland v Denmark
Wednesday, 6 March, kick-off 1.15pm
Estadio Algarve, Portugal
Scotland will look to finish their 2019 Algarve Cup campaign in style tomorrow afternoon, as they go head-to-head with Denmark for fifth place at the prestigious tournament.
Shelley Kerr’s side will look to build upon a thoroughly impressive performance against Iceland, which saw the SWNT overpower Iceland in a 4-1 victory.
A brace from Manchester United winger Lizzie Arnot, as well as tallies from Erin Cuthbert and Kim Little, saw Scotland secure their place in the fifth/sixth place playoff in commanding fashion, recording their first win of 2019 in the process.
Next in line for Kerr’s side will be a Danish outfit with a point to prove at the Algarve Cup, having slipped to a lowest-ever tenth place finish in last year’s edition of the competition.
However, with De Rod-Hvide having taken the bronze medal at the tournament just two years ago, Scotland know that another complete performance will be required to get the better of their Scandinavian opponents.
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr once again has no injury concerns amongst her playing group, meaning all 23 players are in contention to start against Denmark tomorrow lunchtime.
Of those involved in the squad, only Joelle Murray, Frankie Brown and Jenna Fife are yet to see any on-field action, as Kerr and her coaching staff assess the options available to them ahead of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Having been included from the start against Iceland, the likes of Leanne Crichton and Kirsty Smith will be hopeful of retaining their place in the line-up for the SWNT’s final match of the tournament.
Denmark boss Lars Sondergaard will also be able to select from a full squad, following his side’s 1-0 victory over China yesterday afternoon.
The side will once again be led by the talismanic Pernille Harder, the Wolfsburg striker able to boast a record of 54 goals from 108 international appearances.
What to expect from Denmark
Sitting three places above Scotland at 17th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Denmark’s absence from this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup belies the quality of outfit lying in wait for Scotland.
Sondergaard’s squad found their road to France ended by the Netherlands in a two-legged playoff, denying talents such as Harder and Nadia Nadim the chance to express themselves on the biggest stage.
Yet the Danes are a side that are more than capable of mixing it with the world’s best, as their performance at UEFA Euro 2017 proved. A famous victory over Germany in the quarter-finals sparked a run all the way to the final, where they were only denied glory by the Dutch once again.
The head-to-head record between Scotland and Denmark is heavily weighted in favour of the Scandinavian side – the Danes have emerged victorious from four of the seven meetings between the two nations. Yet the three most recent matches have all ended in draws, including a 1-1 stalemate in Cyprus in January 2017.
“It’s another step forward, it’s encouraging and we need that going into @FIFAWWC.”— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) March 4, 2019
Hear from #SWNT skipper @RachelCorsie14 following today’s 4-1 victory over Iceland in the #AlgarveCup.#OurGirlsOurGame pic.twitter.com/RXhUabHCie
How to follow the match
Scotland supporters will once again be able to watch the match live on the BBC Sport website, with the action getting underway at 1.15pm.