Denmark v Republic of Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 07, 2017
Parken Stadium - World Cup Play-Off
Martin O'Neill's Ireland travel to Denmark this weekend seeking to boost their chances of qualifying for their first World Cup since 2002.
Ireland have an excellent record against the Danes in recent meetings, with O'Neill's side unbeaten in their last four match ups with the Danes.
Ireland won 4-0 in Denmark back in 2008, thanks to two goals each for Robbie Keane and Shane Long and 3-0 in 2002 as part of their World Cup preparations, Denmark's last win over Ireland coming back in 1985.
Denmark have been rocked by the withdrawal of defender Henrik Dalsgaard through injury, with Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg not making the cut this time.
However Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is included in the squad, alongside Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Sevilla's Simon Kjaer and Premier League duo Andreas Christensen of Chelsea and Martin Jorgensen of Huddersfield Town.
Ireland will be without injury plagued midfielder James McCarthy and striker Sean Maguire, with both players ruled out with hamstring injuries, with Jon Walters out with a knee problem. Midfielder David Meyler is also suspended for the first leg of the play-off, but Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick have both been passed fit after picking up knocks at the weekend.
Denmark v Republic of Ireland Preview and Predictions
Ireland qualified for the play-offs in dramatic fashion following a final group game win over Wales, thanks to a goal from James McClean, after a 2-0 win over Moldova days earlier.
Denmark's qualification for the play-offs has been a lot smoother, unbeaten in their last eight group games and finishing in second place behind Poland.
Denmark lost two qualifiers, to Montenegro and Poland, with Ireland losing just once - to Serbia.
This game will be tight, with Ireland wary of the threat of Eriksen, and Denmark wary of Ireland's physical and pacy attack, so a cautious approach is likely and a draw looks to be a good option, currently priced at 5/2.
Given Ireland's preference for being the underdog in these situations, Denmark are likely to have more possession and more chances to score, and the hosts to score first is 1/2.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Both sides are well aware of what is at stake and that is likely to have a bearing on team selection and tactics from both managers on Saturday night. Denmark are very good on home soil and usually score, but Ireland have time and again proven themselves to be very dangerous when on the ropes.
James McClean to score anytime at 9/2
McClean has been key for Ireland during qualification, scoring four goals and providing the inspiration behind the famous win over Wales. His pace and power alongside Long in attack will cause problems for Denmark if Ireland can get him involved in the right areas.