11 months on from missing out on a spot at the World Cup, Republic of Ireland come face to face with Denmark again, this time in Group B4 of the UEFA Nations League. 

The Irish currently sit bottom of the group so know that this is a must win if they are to realistically stand any chance of survival. They are however back in action on Tuesday against Wales which could very well be a six pointer depending on the result here. 

Denmark meanwhile can move closer to promotion to League A with three precious points. 

 

Team news

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Shane Long is available for the Republic of Ireland after overcoming an ankle issue. 

James McClean and Harry Arter also return after injury and a training ground bust up respectively. 

Seamus Coleman (foot), Jonathan Walters (Achilles), Robbie Brady (hamstring) and Stephen Ward (knee) are all absent with injuries. 

Denmark are set to be without Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen who has sustained a stomach injury. 

 

Stat Attack 

  • In 15 meetings, this fixture has seen six draws whilst ROI have clinched five wins to Denmark’s four.
  • Shane Long hasn’t scored for ROI since October 2016 when he opened the scoring in a 3-1 win over Moldova during World Cup Qualifying. 
  • In five official matches during 2018, ROI have scored four goals and conceded nine goals. 

 

Prediction

Republic of Ireland have been a mess for the past year, particularly in defence but managed two consecutive clean sheets this time last year. 

Fast forward 12 months and I cannot a repeat because the defence has been a shambles to say the least. Add in a poor goal scoring record then I can see a Danish victory coming here with or without Christian Eriksen. 

Prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Denmark

Result: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Denmark

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