Republic of Ireland v Denmark Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 13th October 2018

The Republic of Ireland made a disastrous start to their Nations League campaign as they lost 4-1 to Wales in Cardiff. Martin O’Neill has the perfect opportunity to turn things around this international break though with the Republic enjoying back to back home fixtures and hoping to put six points on the board.

Denmark made a much brighter start on their debut Nations League appearance and they are the favourites to end up in top spot after their four fixtures have been played. By winning their league, the Danes would surely be one of the strong contenders to qualify for the European Championships via the play-offs, although they would hope not to have to rely on this route.

Top Tips

Republic of Ireland to win or draw @ 4/7

Under 1.5 goals @ 13/8

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Republic of Ireland News: Rice still mulling his future

Ireland Football Match at the Aviva Stadium
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For the second time, ROI boss O’Neill’s attempt to call Declan Rice up to the senior squad was declined. The London-born midfielder has represented Ireland at under-21 level thanks to his grandparents and is thought to feel a strong allegiance to the country. However, he is yet to decide whether he wants to stick with them for his senior career. The West Ham youngster is reportedly going to take time this international break to decide where his allegiance lies. Shane Duffy and James McClean have said they would welcome him with open arms but former star Kevin Kilbane is not happy with the thought that Ireland is just seen as a back-up option.

O’Neill comes to Christie’s defence

Fulham’s 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend was the source of much post-game analysis. Alan Shearer took the time on Match of the Day to highlight that many of Fulham’s issues came down their right hand side, specifically putting blame on Cyrus Christie. The Newcastle legend said that the full back was “not worrying about defending” and that he was regularly spotted walking back when Arsenal countered. His international boss O’Neill lambasted the pundit with a personal attack however before adding that Christie should not be blamed for following instructions. Christie, who impressed against Poland last month, will no doubt take comfort in O’Neill publically defending him after such a humbling loss.

Denmark News: Eriksen’s injury claim lost in translation

Danish Football Fans During Match

Earlier in the week the press reported that Age Hareide feared Christian Eriksen’s stomach problem could be chronic. The Tottenham man, who is by some distance Denmark’s most important player, has missed his club’s last four games with the problem and looks set to be ruled out again. While a scary diagnosis from Hareide, Eriksen’s agent was quick to state that the ‘chronic’ claim was merely a poor translation. Helping to alieve fears, Martin Schoots reported that the midfielder’s injury was purely fatigue-related and that it will be cleared up soon.

Analysis: O’Neill in need of some good form

There have been some rumours that Martin O’Neill’s position will be under serious threat if the Republic disappoint this international break. The former Villa manager has stayed bullish in the face of such reports however stating that while current form isn’t great, his overall track record speaks for itself. Helping Ireland get back on track is the greater harmony behinds the scenes. Assistant manager and polarising figure Roy Keane has apparently made peace with Harry Arter since their training ground dispute went public last month. With things well in the camp, a win here would be the perfect way to boost morale further.

Ireland’s showing in Poland offers hope

Being hammered by Wales must have hurt the confidence of Martin O’Neill’s men but they did respond in fantastic fashion just days later when taking on Poland. The Green Army survived a scare early on but quickly grew in confidence, taking the lead when Aiden O’Brien scored on his debut. A series of late changes led to some disorganisation in the Irish defence late on which Leeds United’s Mateusz Klich exploited three minutes from time but it was the performance not the result that was most important in this friendly. Having looked so assured in Wroclaw, the Republic should have what it takes to avoid defeat (4/7) against a Denmark side without their star man.

Eriksen a huge loss

In Denmark’s last eight matches, only three goals have not been scored by Christian Eriksen. As well as being crucial to his club’s offensive threat, the Tottenham midfielder is his country’s main source of goals and creativity, and his importance to the side cannot be stressed enough. The Danes struggle for goals at the best of times and without their prized asset, they will be a blunt force going forwards.

Ireland are poor scorers themselves having netted just three times in their last five matches. Four strikers in their squad, Graham Burke, Callum Robinson, Scott Hogan and Aiden O’Brien, have just two senior international goals between them. There’s every indication this game will be a low scoring one so under 1.5 goals is a must at solid looking odds of 13/8.

Recent Matches

The Republic will have painful memories of facing Denmark. Not only did the Green Army lose by an emphatic margin but they missed out on the opportunity to go to Russia for the World Cup. It was the fourth consecutive time they missed out on the finals of football’s biggest tournament as well as being their third play-off loss since 1997.

14th November 2017: Republic of Ireland 1 – 5 Denmark

The Boys in Green could not have begun this game any better as Shane Duffy headed home just six minutes in. The Danes, now needing to score, did not panic however and by the half hour mark they were level. Key man Eriksen single-handedly went on to end the contest courtesy of a superb hat-trick. It was his 11th goal of the qualifying campaign, a number only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski.

11th November 2017: Denmark 0 – 0 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland travelled to Denmark with the sole aim of shutting the door on the Scandinavians for the first leg of this World Cup play-off bout. The visitors needed a fair share of luck to keep the scoreline goalless but a combination of wasteful finishing and superb goalkeeping from Darren Randolph saw them hold on. It was the seventh consecutive away match that the Republic had avoided defeat in as their reputation of being tough to beat increased.

22nd August 2007: Denmark 0 – 4 Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane added two more to his international tally in the first half as he helped guide his side to an effortless victory in Aarhus. Long also grabbed himself a brace and the Southampton striker may have the chance to fire past the Danes again if he’s able to shake off an ankle injury before Saturday.

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