Republic of Ireland v Denmark Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 13, 2017
Aviva Stadium - World Cup Play-Off
It’s back to Dublin on Tuesday for the second leg of the World Cup play-off between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. After the goalless draw in the first game, the tie’s evenly balanced with everything to play for.
The Boys in Green put in a dogged performance on Saturday, claiming just 28% of possession to frustrate their hosts. Before that game the countries hadn’t met for 10 years, when the Republic of Ireland recorded a 4-0 victory. You have to go back over 30 years for a Denmark win, although a score draw will be enough on Tuesday.
Martin O'Neill kept things tight in Copenhagen, with Daryl Murphy often isolated up top as a lone striker. As the second leg is a must-win, we can expect a more attacking Irish lineup. Shane Long could partner Murphy up front, while the likes of James McClean and Robbie Brady should have more license to get forward.
Denmark meanwhile have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this one. The main issue for boss Age Hareide is how to get the most out of star man Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham playmaker was kept quiet in the first leg, and after scoring in six consecutive internationals prior to Saturday’s game, the visitors will look to him for inspiration.
Republic of Ireland v Denmark Preview and Predictions
Going on their dogged showing through the qualifying campaign, the Republic of Ireland were never going to travel to Denmark for a game of expansive football. It was the first time they’d failed to score away from home in nine games though, but despite the lack of an away goal, O’Neill’s side are very much in this tie.
If you’d offered the Irish boss a one off game against Denmark at the Aviva where a win would guarantee a spot at the Russia showpiece at the start of qualifying, there’s little doubt he would’ve bitten your hand off. Any victory for the Boys in Green in front of a sell out crowd will see them book a place at the World Cup for the first time since 2002.
The Republic have a decent record in play-off ties, winning three of their last four. The one they lost out on came courtesy of Thierry Henry’s infamous handball. Despite this and having home advantage, the Irish go into the game as slight underdogs in the betting. They’re priced at 21/10, while you can back Denmark at 17/10. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 2/1.
Republic of Ireland to win to nil at 13/4
Back the Boys in Green to keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet against Denmark as they reach next summer’s World Cup.
Game to go to extra time at 51/10
After the first game was so tight, this is a fair price for another close encounter as extra time’s needed to separate the two teams.