Ireland vs Denmark Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
The Republic of Ireland takes on Denmark for a second decisive 2018 FIFA World Cup playoff at the “Aviva Stadium” in Irish capital Dublin, only three days after a goalless draw in Copenhagen. The Boys in Green are keen to reach the FIFA World Cup finals for the fourth time ever and the Irishmen can be firmly inspired by the home crowd on Tuesday night, 14 November 2017, while The Danes will surely try to benefit from the clean sheet kept in the first match. Find out what our betting experts have to share with you in a detailed match preview, betting tip and more FIFA World Cup predictions.
H2H History: Ireland vs Denmark
Denmark missed a chance to squeeze all credits from their home leg advantage on Saturday night, which extends their winless form against the Republic of Ireland to five games (3 draws and 2 defeats). Nevertheless, an absolute parity in the head-to-head encounters between Denmark and Ireland remains as the overall balance is: 3 wins for each side and 6 draws.
World Cup Playoffs: Ireland vs Denmark 14.11.2017
Despite having an advantage of playing at home, The Boys in Green have only won one of their last four competitive matches at home turf this year, failing to beat Wales, Austria and Serbia in that period. The only victory in these four games came right on time when Ireland won 2:0 against Moldova, before achieving a massive success in Wales, thus climbing up to the second Group D position.
After a decent performance at the UEFA Euro 2016, Martin O’Neill’s side is on a verge to accomplish a World Cup breakthrough for the first time since the tournament in Japan and South Korea back in 2002.
Age Hareide’s men can draw out some positives, although they couldn’t won at their own home known as “Telia Parken”. Denmark remains unbeaten in five away matches, winning the last three of them, including a narrow win over Montenegro last month, which was crucial for their playoff spot. Moreover, Danish Dynamite has five wins and five draws in the last 10 outings and even a draw would be more than an acceptable outcome for the Danes here, especially if it’s a scoring one.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Denmark have four previous FIFA World Cup appearances and the only time they have failed to make it out of the group stage was in the last one of them, at the 2010 finals in South Africa. Now the Nordic nation is eager to return on the main stage, especially after missing the last two major events – the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as well as the European Championship in France last summer.
Age Hareide hopes to meet the high expectations left after Morten Olsen’s reign and to leave his own name next to the coach who led The Olsen Gang on two World Cups – in 2002 and in 2010. The 64-years-old Norwegian will chase his first national team qualification after some unsuccessful attempts with his homeland in period January 2004 – December 2008.
Players like Andreas Christensen, Yussuf Poulsen and Nicklas Bendtner are all pushing for a starting position but we are not quite sure whether Age Hareide plans any changes compared to the lineup used on Saturday.
On the other hand, Martin O’Neill has the anchorman David Meyler back in contention, after missing the first round in Denmark due to suspension. Expectations suggest that experienced Hull City midfielder Meyler should replace Callum O’Dowda in the line where other changes are unlikely. Shane Long may eventually replace Daryl Murphy on top of Ireland’s formation but this remains questionable and O’Neill is the one who must make the decision.
Some players with certain international experience like Richard Keogh, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Jonathan Walters have not been included in Ireland’s group for the World Cup playoff.
Ireland vs Denmark Prediction and Betting Tips
Ireland looks stable in defense lately and have kept a clean sheet in three consecutive qualifiers. Of course, that also happened thanks to some missed scoring chances by Denmark, but goalkeeper Darren Randolph and defensive contribution of all Irish players deserve to be mentioned. However, The Boys in Green need to score if they want to earn visas for Russia and they must show more offensive-minded mentality in home.
Denmark felt some difficulties against a tight defensive line of the Irish side in the first leg, so the Danes may find more space in the second leg, when Ireland must chase the win at any cost.
We fancy the currently offered betting odds for “Both Teams To Score“. Indeed, the first match, as well as most World Cup playoffs so far have somehow convinced people to expect another boring, when it comes to scoring goals but not tactically, clash between Denmark and Republic of Ireland. Anyway, we believe both sides will have a different approach in Dublin and our betting prediction goes on “Both teams to score – Yes”.
Possible Lineups of Ireland and Denmark
Venue: “Aviva Stadium”, Dublin.
Referee: Szymon Marciniak from Poland.
Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph – Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward – David Meyler – Robbie Brady, Harry Arter, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean – Shane Long. (4-1-4-1)
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel – Peter Ankersen, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Bjelland, Jens Stryger Larsen – Thomas Delaney, William Kvist – Andreas Cornelius, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto – Nicolai Jörgensen. (4-2-3-1)