Friday 7 June: 7.45pm KO
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After their relegation in the UEFA Nations League, the Republic of Ireland have made a confident start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. They top Group D with two wins out of two but now travel to familiar opponents Denmark for their fifth meeting since in 20 months.
2018 wasn’t the greatest of years for the Republic of Ireland. They failed to qualify for the World Cup finals and were relegated in the UEFA Nations League. Denmark had a hand in both of those disasters so the Irish are definitely on a revenge trip for this Euro 2020 qualifier.
You can get odds of 11/2 (6.5) at Paddy Power on Ireland winning this group but they have both Denmark and Switzerland to overcome if they are to reach the finals. Ireland have played two games in this group so far, winning them both. They started off with a 1-0 win in Gibraltar and followed that up with another single goal win, this time at home to Georgia. It’s 13/1 (14.0) that they win this match 1-0.
Those two wins were welcome for the Irish side as they had gone six games without a win. That saw them finish bottom of their UEFA Nations League group and being relegated to League C for the next tournament. Who won the group? None other than Denmark who are second in this Euro 2020 qualfying group with one point from their only game. Ireland to win this match has odds of 6/1 (7.0) at William Hill.
Goals are a big problem for the Irish with only two goals scored in the last six matches. On their travels, the last seven games have seen them score just twice. The last time they scored two goals in an away match was against mighty Moldova in October 2016. You can get odds of 13/2 (7.5) at SkyBet on them getting two goals in this match.
Perhaps one will come from Jeff Hendrick (pictured below). He got the winner in Gibraltar and is 10/1 (11.0) at Sportingbet to get a goal in this match.
Denmark didn’t have a goalscoring problem in their only Euro 2020 qualifier. They traveled to Switzerland for their opening game and it looked like being a disaster for them. With just six minutes remaining, they trailed 3-0 but a trio of goals, including one in the 93rd minute saw them escape with a 3-3 draw. That was their third straight draw and it’s 13/5 (3.6) that this match ends all-square.
The Danish team are unbeaten in their last seven games and at home they haven’t lost a competitive match since October 2016. Their home record in European Championship qualifiers isn’t so hot though with no wins in their last six matches. If you think they can improve that record with a win over the Republic of Ireland, then Betfair will give you odds of 8/13 (1.61).
This is the third different competition in which these two countries have met since the end of 2017. They have played each other four times in the World Cup play-offs and UEFA Nations League. Denmark had a convincing 5-1 win in Dublin but the other three have all ended goalless. A 0-0 draw in this match has odds of 6/1 at Betway.
Ireland will be without striker Shane Long for this match due to a hamstring injury. Alan Browne and Mark Travers are also unavailable.
Low Scoring Game Likely
With the Republic of Ireland struggling for goals and Shane Long absent, a low scoring game looks likely here. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in the last seven Irish internationals. It’s 1/2 (1.5) at Ladbrokes that stat comes up in this game.
The Republic of Ireland would probably be glad to come away from Denmark with a draw from this game. Denmark are tough to beat at home though and won’t want to lose more ground to the Irish in this group. The odds of Denmark winning with under 2.5 goals in the game are 2/1 (3.0) at Paddy Power.