Republic of Ireland vs Denmark

Republic of Ireland have a massive opportunity to qualify for next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in front of home fans. 

Denmark however stands between them and a trip to Russia.

 

Last time out

The first leg in Copenhagen saw these teams play out a 0-0 draw, despite the Danes dominating possessing 72% to Ireland’s 28%.

One positive is that the home side committed more fouls than Martin O’Neil’s men. This will make them more vulnerable here if can’t stay disciplined.

 

Team News

David Meyler is available again after serving an one match ban on Saturday. 

His return should allow Burnley pair; Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady to push higher up more and attack. 

Daryl Murphy started on Saturday but could be benched in favour of the more energetic Shane Long. 

 

Spirit of November 2015

In the pre match press conference, O’Neil has called for his side to emulate the spirit of November 2015.

That month saw the Irish qualify for last year’s UEFA Euros after a 2-0 home win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Discussing how key that experience could be, the Republic manager said; “Some of the players can draw on part of that,”

 

Tight battle

These teams have met in the Republic of Ireland on seven previous occasions with a tight record (W1, D3, L3).

With that in mind and the fact that they couldn’t be split in the first leg, this will be a very tough battle that will be won by a mistake. 

 

Prediction

I am expecting both teams to fight hard here and the previous visits record is bound to play a huge role. 

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is the main Danish threat, having netted 8 goals in qualifying so keeping him quiet will be key here.

 

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen

 

Ultimately, I can see the home fans stepping up and being that required twelfth man to push their team over the line into December’s World Cup draw. 

Prediction: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Denmark

Result: Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark (Denmark qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup)

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