Denmark v Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 04, 2019
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Ireland look to continue their unbeaten record under new boss Mick McCarthy, but face their first difficult opposition in Denmark. The home side may have drawn their last three games, but haven't lost since their World Cup penalty shoot-out against Croatia.
Recent clashes have made for dull viewing, with the last two meetings ending in goalless draws. Previously however, Denmark beat Ireland 5-1, with Cristian Eriksen scoring a hat-trick.
Team captain and undoubted superstar Cristian Eriksen may be rested, given his involvement in the Champions League final. Instead, Åge Hareide may be tempted to rotate his starting XI, in preparations for next summers tournament.
Mick McCarthy is still experimenting with his squad having recently taken charge of the side, and may opt for younger options including Bristol's Callum O'Dowda and Preston's Sean Maguire, with Shane Long absent through injury.
Denmark v Ireland Predictions and Previews
Two games into their Euro 2020 campaign, Ireland are where they would want to be, sitting on top of their group, following victories over Giorgia and Gibraltar. However, this may be a bit of a misrepresentation of Mick McCarthy's side's capabilities, with both performances uninspiring.
Travelling to Denmark, who are group favourites along with Switzerland, Ireland will have to vastly improve their game-plan to avoid losing their advantage. Åge Hareide' team, following a disappointing, but not unexpected home draw against Switzerland, will be under no small amount of pressure to win on Friday, knowing that anything other than three points will give them an uphill battle to win the group ahead of the Swiss.
Denmark fought back from three goals down to earn their draw, and they will need to start much faster, and be far better prepared to avoid a shock against Ireland, who will set up to defend from the start. If Eriksen, who is 7/4 to score, starts from the bench, much of the attacking impetus will be left to the likes of Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite, with Nicolai Jørgensen likely to be matched physically by Shane Duffy.
Mick McCarthy knows that his side is unable to match their opponents for individual talent, but may be able to get a result by limiting their threat, and attacking on the counter. With a solid back four, and an experienced central midfield partnership of Jeff Henrick and Connor Hourihane, they may just be able to keep their good run going.
Kaspar Dolberg to score anytime at 6/4
The Ajax striker may have lost his place in the first team, but is very much a key component of the Denmark squad and could cause real problems for Ireland's back line.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/15
Ireland have been good at shutting up shop under McCarthy, and will attempt to do so again on Friday.