Ireland and Denmark have a huge amount on the line tonight in their clash ahead of Euro 2020 and it could be that Denmark once again prove to be too good.
These two have met before – when a place at the World Cup was on the line, and Ireland took a 1-0 aggregate lead after going ahead early in the second leg of their playoff, before being pulled apart 5-1 by the Danish.
The task ahead of the two is simple; Ireland must win this game to qualify for next summer’s finals whereas a draw will do for Denmark, although both sides will be all in for this game.
Formwatchers and fans of head to head records don’t need to go too far back for a form guide. The two nations have drawn each of their last three games since Denmark’s 5-1 success here but the Danes will be frustrated not to have won all three of those games. In the 1-1 draw in Copenhagen, the Danes won the shot count 18-7 and the corner count 6-3 despite being held back by a Shane Duffy header in the 85th minute.
In their Nations League match (held in Copenhagen) Denmark won the shot count by a crazy 26-3 when having 76% of possession, and when the two last met in Dublin, there was another 0-0 draw despite Denmark winning the shot count 15-3 with 65% of possession.
Republic of Ireland v Denmark
UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier
19:45 Sky Sports Main Event HD / Sky Sports Mix HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD*
(Maximum 10 matches)
JUN 2019 EURO 2020 QUALIFYING Denmark 1-1 Ireland
NOV 2018 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Denmark 0-0 Ireland
OCT 2018 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Ireland 0-0 Denmark
NOV 2017 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Ireland 1-5 Denmark
NOV 2017 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIYING Denmark 0-0 Ireland
AUG 2007 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Denmark 0-4 Ireland
The Danes have unquestionably been the better side in the last four meetings and they showed up well at the World Cup when the runners up Croatia beat them on penalties. In those meetings the width of the Danes, combined with the individual quality they possess, has been evident and they haven’t struggled to score in qualifying either with 22 goals in this group so far.
Christian Eriksen, who was so impressive when scoring a hat-trick here in 2017, hasn’t been at his best for Tottenham but he has proven much more effective for Denmark and will have dangerous targets to hit in the shape of Robert Skov (three goals in four internationals) and striker Yussuf Poulsen.
Ireland will rely heavily on Wolves Matt Doherty to fill the gap left by Seamus Coleman (suspended) and hope that midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Conor Hourihane can influence the midfield like they did against Georgia. They also have James McClean and Enda Stevens to perform out wide, but the bare facts are that none of their forwards have scored more than one international goal and Kasper Schmeichel is one of the best shot stoppers in Europe to boot.
On all known form the visitors will make the chances to win the game and they are worth backing to take them and seal their spot at Euro 2020 in style.
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