Republic of Ireland vs Denmark prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Denmark
This massive game in Dublin carries a sense of déjà vu.
Just two years ago, these nations met in the World Cup play-offs.
A goalless draw in Copenhagen was followed by an emphatic 5-1 Danish win at the Aviva.
Denmark qualified for the World Cup; Ireland missed out.
Since, they’ve met in the Nations League and on matchday three of this campaign.
In this clash, Ireland must do something they did not do in any of those meetings; win.
This is a straight shootout; an Ireland win and they’ll qualify.
Anything else and Denmark would make Euro 2020 at their expense.
It’s impossible to oversell the importance of this one.
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Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Who will win?
The Republic of Ireland are big underdogs to get the win they require at 5/2.
Denmark are 11/10 to repeat their decisive win in Dublin, two years and four days on from their last.
Under 2.5 goals is 4/7.
Both teams to score no is 8/11.
Denmark to win and both teams to score no is 9/4.
David McGoldrick came up with the crucial goal at home to Switzerland in September. The Sheffield United forward is 13/2 to break the deadlock and 14/5 to score anytime.
Callum Robinson will also hope to be a threat. He is 8/1 to score first and 10/3 to net anytime.
Christian Eriksen did the damage just over two years ago. The Tottenham playmaker is 11/2 to score first, 23/10 to score anytime and 150/1. to repeat his hat-trick.
Yussuf Yurary Poulsen will also be a threat. The RB Leipzig man is 6/1 to open the scoring and 13/5 to score anytime.
Both Conor Hourihane and McGoldrick to score is 25/1.
Both Matt Doherty and Jeff Hendrick to score is 60/1.
Both Eriksen and Andreas Cornelius to score is 10/1.
Both Poulsen and Eriksen to score is 12/1.
Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Match preview
Can the Republic of Ireland qualify for a third successive Euros?
In this campaign, they have not scored many goals but their destiny remains in their own hands.
In their early part of the campaign, they won 1-0 in Gibraltar, 1-0 at home to Georgia and 2-0 when Gibraltar visited Dublin.
Given that Gibraltar have conceded 128 goals in 28 qualifiers, to score three against them in two games is pretty poor.
Nevertheless, Mick McCarthy will not care one bit.
Earlier in the campaign, they were also picking up points in the group’s tougher matches.
Back in June in Copenhagen, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg put Denmark in front before Shane Duffy’s 86th minute header saw them snatch a point.
Then, three months later, their home clash with Switzerland followed a similar pattern.
They fell behind but, one again came from behind to draw 1-1 with a late header; David McGoldrick the hero this time.
Despite this, their campaign came crashing down in the space of 72 hours in October.
On the Saturday, they could not find the breakthrough in Tbilisi, drawing 0-0 with Georgia.
Even so, they travelled to Geneva on the Tuesday knowing a win over Switzerland would secure their place at a major tournament with a game to spare for the very first time.
But the home side took the lead after just a quarter of an hour before securing the win in the 93rd minute.
That result all but secures Switzerland’s place at Euro 2020, leaving just one place for Ireland and Denmark.
As mentioned, if Ireland win they’ll qualify.
If they don’t they will finish third in Group D and drop into the UEFA Nations League play-offs
Will it be time to party in Dublin?
Will Denmark end Ireland’s hopes again?
Denmark meanwhile are looking to inflict yet more misery on the Irish.
Of course, Denmark were European Champions in 1998 but they did miss out on France ’16.
Nevertheless, they did make up for that by qualifying for the World Cup in 2018, losing to eventual runners-up Croatia on penalties in the round of 16.
Since, Åge Hareide’s side have secured promotion to League A of the Nations League, finishing above Ireland and Wales.
In this campaign, their most eventful match was their very first.
In March, they found themselves 3-0 down at St. Jakob-Park to Switzerland with just over five minutes to play.
But, goals from Mathias Jørgensen, Christian Gytkjær and then one from Henrik Dalsgaard in the 93rd minutes secured an amazing 3-3 draw.
That was followed by the afore mentioned 1-1 home draw with Ireland, a 5-1 win over Georgia, a 6-0 victory in Gibraltar and a surprise goalless draw in Georgia.
Then, in October, Switzerland visited Parken Stadium and the sequel was, almost, as thrilling as the original.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was absolutely immense, making a string of saves to keep it at 0-0.
Then, with just a few minutes to go, Christian Eriksen played in Yussuf Yurary Poulsen who cooly slotted home the only goal of the game.
A massive win for Denmark.
They were in action on Friday night too with Gibraltar the visitors.
Both Robert Skov and Christian Eriksen scored twice to supplement goals from Christian Gytkjær and Martin Braithwaite in a 6-0 rout.
That came as no great surprise.
So, in Group D: Denmark have 15 points, Switzerland 14 and Ireland 12.
Given that Switzerland are in Gibraltar while this match is going on, they will win and qualify.
Thus, the winners of this game will qualify at the expense of the other.
Can Denmark get the point they need to qualify for their 14th major tournament?
Republic of Ireland team news vs Denmark
The Republic of Ireland did host New Zealand in a friendly on Thursday, winning 3-1.
However, Mick McCarthy named an experimental line-up and will revert back to his regulars here.
Darren Randolph will be back in goal, winning his 42nd cap and starting a 32nd competitive game in a row.
In defence, Séamus Coleman is suspended after his red card in Geneva last month.
Thus, Matt Doherty will start at right-back; he is a more than adequate deputy to the captain.
On the other side, Enda Stevens will start.
At centre-back, given that Ciaran Clark started in Thursday’s friendly, it’s likely to be John Egan alongside Shane Duffy.
Last week’s midfield was Jack Byrne, Alan Browne and Josh Cullen.
However, they’re all likely to drop out with Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick all returning.
It’ll also be all change in the front three; Robbie Brady, Scott Hogan and Troy Parrott will drop out.
Callum Robinson and James McClean will come in out-wide with David McGoldrick leading the line.
Will this be the side that leads Ireland to the Euros or will they have to reconvene for the Nations League play-offs in March?
Denmark team news vs Republic of Ireland
As for the visitors, after they’re emphatic victory on Friday night, Åge Hareide is likely to, almost. pick the same XI.
As always, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel will be in goal, winning his 54th cap and looking for his 15th clean sheet.
If he gets that clean sheet, Denmark qualify.
In defence, Henrik Dalsgaard is likely to come in for the more attack-minded Daniel Wass at right-back.
Jens Stryger Larsen will keep his place on the other side.
In the centre, Mathias Jørgensen will continue alongside captain Simon Kjær with no place for Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen.
Lasse Schöne and Thomas Delaney will continue to anchor the midfield.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who scored in the reverse fixture, will be on the bench.
Further forward will be Christian Eriksen.
The Tottenham Hotspur man got a brace on Friday to take his international tally to 33 goals, 22 of which have come in competitive internationals.
That includes a pivotal hat-trick in the World Cup play-off second-leg in Dublin just over two years ago.
The other three attacking positions are somewhat up for grabs.
However, after all of Robert Skov, Martin Braithwaite and Christian Gytkjær scored against Gibraltar, they’re likely to stick with that trio.
Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius and Kasper Dolberg will be on the bench.
Nicolai Jørgensen and Pione Sisto would both probably start but are injured.
Will it be Danish joy in Dublin? Again.
Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Denmark
Predicted Denmark line-up vs Republic of Ireland
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The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Denmark
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life!”
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 14, 2019
“It gets frustrating. You want to get that first goal!”@Seani_Maguire_ was delighted to score his first senior international goal last night, and was also named @ThreeIreland Man of the Match#IRLNZL🇮🇪🇳🇿 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/TVLjnDcAZw
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 15, 2019
“It meant so much to me!”
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 15, 2019
The latest tweets from Denmark pre Republic of Ireland
To år siden i dag 💭
14/11/17: Irland 1 – Danmark 5 🙌
På mandag står Herrelandsholdet der igen. Men først har holdet en meget vigtig kamp på hjemmebane mod Gibraltar i Telia Parken fredag aften. 🇩🇰#ForDanmark #TBT
📸 @fbbillederdk pic.twitter.com/zUsopF4LDI
— Fodboldlandsholdene 🇩🇰 (@dbulandshold) November 14, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.