Republic of Ireland vs Denmark betting tips: UEFA Nations League match preview & predictions

Christian Eriksen v Ireland

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Denmark

A big game for both at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland got off the the worse possible start in their Nations League opener last month and need to bounce back.

Denmark meanwhile are full of confidence.

They’re looking to make it two wins out of two, which would put them in the box seat for promotion.

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Who will win?

Republic of Ireland are 2/1 to claim a vital victory.

Denmark meanwhile, are 6/4 to win in Dublin for the second time in the last 11 months.

A draw is 21/10.

Both teams to score is evens and over 2.5 goals is 11/8.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Nabil Fekir shoots a free kick at goal of France and of Ireland during the International Friendly match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on May 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Shane Long will lead the line for the home side. The Southampton forward is 11/2 to score first and 21/10 to net anytime.

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen is Denmark’s main goal threat. The RB Leipzig man is 7/1 to score first and 11/4 to score in 90 minutes.

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Match preview

The Republic of Ireland are in a mess just now.

They have been since last November when, incidentally, they took on Denmark.

The match finished goalless in the first leg in Copenhagen of their World Cup play-off

The home side did take the lead in the second leg but, Christian Eriksen ran the show in the second half, and Denmark ran out 5-1 winners.

Since then, Martin O’Neil has been trying to reinvigorate his squad.

Last month, they kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a trip across the Irish sea to Cardiff.

However, the Boys in Green were abysmal in a 4-1 defeat.

Five days later, they did secure a moral boosting 1-1 friendly draw in Wrocław with Poland but need a win here or will surely face relegation to UEFA Nations League C.

Can they secure a shock victory?

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark saves a penalty from Luka Modric of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

More Danish delight in Dublin?

Since that play-0ff victory over Ireland, it’s been an eventful time for Denmark.

They made it through their World Cup group, thanks to a win over Peru and draw with Australia and eventual winners France.

However, in the last 16 the other finalists Croatia knocked them out in a penalty shootout in Nizhny Novgorod.

Then, a dispute surrounding image rights put their September internationals in doubt.

A side comprised of amateurs and futsal players was sent to Trnava for a friendly with Slovakia; they did well only to lose 3-0.

However, the dispute was put on hold and all the stars were back for their UEFA Nations League opener with Wales.

The Aarhus public were glad to see them as they saw off Wales 2-0; Christian Eriksen scoring both.

Another win for Denmark would make them clear favourites to achieve promotion; a victory they’ll be confident of getting.

Republic of Ireland team news vs Denmark

Seamus Coleman

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It’s more a case of who’s out than who’s in when it comes to the Ireland squad.

The first choice goalkeeper, Darren Randolph, is there, and will start a 22nd consecutive competitive match.

Problems at the back though.

First choice full-backs Séamus Coleman and Stephen Ward are both out.

Matt Doherty, who’s been so impressive for Wolves this season, will win only his fourth cap at right-back.

On the other side, Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens, will win his first ever senior cap at the age of 28.

With a midfield trio of Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler and Conor Hourihane they are at full strength.

With Robbie Brady still unavailable, O’Neil will be particularly pleased to see James McClean again; he missed the September internationals through injury.

And with no Jon Walters, Shane Long will start up top; he’s scored just 1 goal in his last 18 internationals

Will this depleted Ireland squad cope with Denmark’s talent?

Denmark team news vs Republic of Ireland

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JUNE 21: Christian Eriksen of Denmark celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and Australia at Samara Arena on June 21, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

For the visitors, Kasper Schmeichel will win his 41st cap in goal; that’s 88 less than his father amassed.

Sevilla’s Simon Kjær captains the side from the back.

Who his partner will be is less certain though.

Andreas Christensen, who scored in Dublin last November, has been struggling for playing time with Chelsea this season.

So Mathias Jørgensen of Huddersfield is likely to start, just as he did against Wales.

The big absentee for Denmark is, of course, Christian Eriksen.

Manager Åge Hareide explained how Denmark will have to find other ways of winning without the Spurs maestro.

That’s likely to involve moving Lasse Schöne further forward and bringing in Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, scored the winning goal against Peru in the summer, and is someone to be wary of.

Andreas Cornelius, once of Cardiff City, will lead the line; Nicklas Bendtner has once again been left out the squad and hasn’t featured since the play-off win in Dublin.

This highly talented, confident side should be too much for Ireland.

Predicted Republic of Ireland team vs Denmark

Predicted Denmark team vs Republic of Ireland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Denmark

The latest tweets from Denmark pre Republic of Ireland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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