2018-19 UEFA Nations League: Denmark vs Republic of Ireland

Denmark celebrate promotion to League A of UEFA Nations League as they welcome already relegated Republic of Ireland to Ceres Park as Group B4 is wrapped up. 

Victory over Wales on Friday night settled the group as the Danes secured top spot whilst Ireland will be playing in Group C come next edition of this tournament in 2020. 


Team news

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Denmark will be without suspended Goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel meaning that Frederik Ronnow is set to start as Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl. is ruled out injured.  

Captain, Simon Kjaer is still absent so the defence will remain unchanged whilst Christian Eriksen might be rested now promotion has been secured.

Republic of Ireland could hand Michael Obafemi a debut start but will be without some key players.

John Egan (calf), Alan Browne (shoulder) and Sean Maguire (hamstring) are all ruled out, whilst Midfielders, Glenn Whelan and James McClean are also unavailable.   

Martin O’Neil therefore has drafted in Jimmy Dunne and Manchester United’s Lee O’Connor. 


Stat Attack

  • Two of last three meetings finished goalless, including last month’s clash at the Aviva Stadium.
  • Denmark have lost just one of their last five home games against Republic of Ireland, with two of last three clashes on Danish turf finishing 0-0 (W1, D3, L1). 
  • Last year, Denmark scored 18 goals in nine games between seven different scorers compared to 12 goals in 13 matches this year but with exact same number of goalscorers as 2017. 
  • Denmark’s last three home matches all finished 2-0 in their favour. 
  • Republic of Ireland have won just one of their last ten matches in all competitions, scoring six goals and conceding 15 times. 



As a dead rubber, I am expecting both teams to pretty much treat this like a friendly but Denmark are a strong side at home. 

Although Ireland will put up a strong fight here, Denmark will have just too much for them here. 

Prediction: Denmark 2-0 ROI

Result: Denmark 0-0 ROI

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