Ireland v Denmark Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 09, 2018
Aviva Stadium -UEFA Nations League
Ireland host Denmark this weekend, seeking revenge from the heavy defeat by the Danes that ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Martin O'Neil's side have called up some new players, although will be fearful following a decent showing from Age Hareide's side this summer.
The last time that these two sides met, eleven months ago, didn't make for pretty viewing for Irish fans. Despite scoring first on the night, a hat-trick from Christian Eriksen, and goals from Andreas Christiansen and Niklas Bentner saw Denmark boast a comprehensive win.
With Declan Rice's eligibility saga ongoing, the young defender joins Seamus Coleman outside of the squad this weekend. O'Neil is likely to lead with a midfield of Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter and David Meyler , whilst Shane Long should resume his place up front.
The big news from Hareide concerns the fitness of Tottenham's Eriksen, who reportedly is suffering from a chronic stomach problem. Whether the midfielder can return for Saturday is likely to have a big impact, with a large part of Denmark's attacking play flowing through him.
Ireland v Denmark Preview and Predictions
Ireland will be disappointed to see Denmark line up with their strongest XI, after a trade dispute saw the Danes field an XI of semi-professionals during the last international break.
O'Neill's side will have a point to prove after their acrimonious defeat this time last year, but appear to have made little progress in terms of their struggling front line. Despite a combative and technical midfield, and a highly competent back line, the Green and White's are without a reliable scorer. Shane Long's difficulties in front of goal have seen the rapid forward score just twice last season, whilst Aiden O’Brien and Scott Hogan have hardly been making a strong case for themselves in the Championship recently.
Against lesser opposition, Ireland's organisation and experience in the middle of the park may be enough to see them earn a win, but with the likes of Kaspar Schmeichel in Denmark's goal, they may struggle. Going very much under the radar, Hageide has built himself a highly respectable squad, with Simon Kjaer, Martin Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen all capable of matching the Red's Premier League stars.
On Saturday, Denmark will go into the game full of confidence following a comfortable win over Wales in their last game. However if Eriksen, scorer of both those goals, is indeed injured, they may just find it harder than imagined to break down O'Neill's side.
Denmark to win to nil at 5/1
Ireland will try and shut up shop at home, but the Danes should have the quality to break through.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals scored at 7/4
If last year's game is anything to go by, we are in for another entertaining match.