Kick-off: 1945, 07/06/2019
Stadium: Telia Parken
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland are top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group after starting out with a couple of wins and would now almost certainly settle for a draw in Denmark.
This will be tougher than beating Georgia and Gibraltar but these sides did share the spoils twice in last year’s Nations League encounters.
We reckon 5/2 for another stalemate in Copenhagen is good value for our initial Denmark vs Republic of Ireland prediction.
A Look At Denmark’s Betting Odds
Age Hareide has done a fine job since taking charge of Denmark in 2016, including when edging out Ireland in the World Cup play-offs.
They went on to qualify for the knockout rounds of that competition, beating Peru and drawing against Australia and France, before losing out on penalties to Croatia.
The Nations League was another success, with two wins over Wales and the draws against Ireland helping the Danes to earn promotion to the top tier.
A spectacular late rally saw Denmark come from 3-0 down to draw with Switzerland in Basel to kick off this qualifying campaign.
Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen began the fightback on 84 minutes and Brentford full-back Henrik Dalsgaard completed the recovery deep into stoppage time.
The hosts have gone seven games without defeat and can also call on Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.
However, we’re not totally convinced by their attacking options, so 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Denmark vs Republic of Ireland odds.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Mick McCarthy’s second spell as Ireland boss started in satisfactory fashion with two 1-0 wins in March’s double header.
Admittedly, the men in green were far from impressive when visiting Gibraltar, with only Jeff Hendrick’s 49th-minute strike separating them from the minnows.
However, there was more to like about a Dublin defeat of Georgia, with Conor Hourihane firing in a sublime free-kick in the first half.
“We’ve played really well,” beamed McCarthy after that triumph. “We could have scored two or three.
“We negated their style of play and the lads put in an unbelievable shift. We’ve created plenty of opportunities that we didn’t take, but only one goal still wins it.”
He added: “The players are now thinking, ‘you know what, we may have a chance here, we may be at Euro 2020.’ Everyone wants to be involved in that and that’s great for all of us.”
Breaking down Denmark will be tough, as they have gone seven home games without conceding, but the Irish should also be resilient at the back now they feel there is something to play for.
Let’s finish off our Denmark vs Republic of Ireland tips by taking 21/4 for these teams to make it four goalless draws in five meetings over the past two years.
Switzerland 3-3 DENMARK – Jorgensen, Gytkjaer, Dalsgaard
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1-0 Georgia – Hourihane
Head-to-head: Denmark 0-0 Ireland, Ireland 0-0 Denmark, Ireland 1-5 Denmark, Denmark 0-0 Ireland
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