Ireland vs Denmark
Who? Ireland vs Denmark in Matchday 10 in Group D of Euro 2020 Qualification
Where? Aviva Stadium, Dublin
When? 19:45 GMT, Monday 18th November 2019 (Live on Sky Sports)
In a must-win game to stand a chance of getting out of Group D, Ireland take on Denmark at Aviva Stadium in the final matchday of Euro 2020 Qualifiers.
The Ireland side currently sits third in the group, three points behind leaders Denmark and a point off second place Switzerland. The Swiss are taking on the bottom of the group Gibraltar, so are likely to seal a win which would guarantee them an automatic spot. Qualification out of the group is determined by head-to-head record and not goal difference. Therefore, Ireland still have a chance to automatically qualify despite having a much lower goal difference than Denmark. They will need to score two goals or more, however, as the reverse fixture saw them draw 1-1. Unfortunately for the Irish, a play-off spot is not guaranteed for them unlike Denmark. If they were to draw or lose this match, their tournament could be over.
For the Danes, they only need a draw to secure qualification. It sounds like a fairly easy task for the group leaders, but travelling away from home to play an extra motivated opposition could mean a very nervy game. It is the reverse fixture setback late on against Ireland that could well come back to haunt the Danish if they lose tonight. Shane Duffy got a crucial equaliser for Ireland after Southampton’s Pierre Emile Højbjerg headed in the opener. A comfortable 6-0 win over Gibraltar on Friday could be good preparation for the attacking players. Denmark have scored 63 goals in their last 33 games, conceding just 17. Ireland’s lack of goal scoring in the tournament could mean that Denmark take the game to the Irish early to kill off any optimism.
Ireland (9/4* to Win): Seamus Coleman is suspended for Ireland. We expect the established Premier League back line of Matt Doherty, Shane Duffy, John Egan, and Enda Stevens to start. Going forward, Mick McCarthy may start David McGoldrick. He has options off the bench if so, including Callum Robinson, Sean Maguire, and Troy Parrott
Denmark (13/10* to Win): Premier League stars Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Eriksen are in line to start. Serie A duo Simon Kjaer and Jens Stryger Larsen could feature in the defence. La Liga pair Daniel Wass and Martin Braithwaite could also feature for the Danes. We expect Christian Gytkjær to feature in the front line.
11 Nov 2017 – Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland
14 Nov 2017 – Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark
13 Oct 2018 – Republic of Ireland 0-0 Denmark
19 Nov 2018 – Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland
7 Jun 2019 – Denmark 1-1 Republic of Ireland
*odds as of November 18th at 10:36 GMT and subject to change
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