Denmark host the Republic of Ireland on Friday night in a Euro 2020 qualifier and these two nations are no strangers to each other. This will be the fifth meeting between them over the last 18 months, and three of the last four have ended 0-0 so don’t be surprised if we are in for another boring affair.
The Republic of Ireland have had an excellent start to their qualifying group as they sit top of Group D after their first two games. Mick McCarthy’s side picked up a couple of 1-0 wins over both Gibraltar and Georgia, far from impressive but having the points in the bag is all that they will care about. Given Ireland’s positive start to the qualifying campaign, they will most likely be satisfied by taking a point from what will most certainly be a difficult game. Denmark are third in the group with one point, although they have only played one game so far and that was a 3-3 draw with Switzerland back in March.
There’s nothing to write home about when it comes to recent meetings between Denmark and Ireland. They faced each other twice in the Nations League and not a single goal was scored. There was an outlier in 2017 as Denmark handed the Boys in Green a 5-1 hammering during World Cup qualifying. Christian Eriksen was the standout that day as he scored a hat-trick and fired the Danes to Russia.
Christian Eriksen is recovering from the Champions League final defeat in Madrid last weekend, and he will need to put that behind him as he prepares to feature against the Republic of Ireland.
Preston’s Alan Browne is going to be absent for Ireland having picked up a knock to his calf, but he will still be a member of the squad ahead of the match in Copenhagen. Goalkeeper Mark Travers has had to pull out with a fractured thumb, therefore James Talbot and Max O’Leary have had to be brought in as cover as a result.
It is difficult to expect an exciting game between these two nations as the recent previous meetings don’t make for good reading if you like goals, so backing against them on Friday looks like a sensible choice. Three of the last four meetings between the two have ended 0-0 so I would be backing under 2.5 goals at 1.53. I’d also consider having a small amount on another goalless draw at 7.0, just to relieve the pain if you happen to sit and watch it and it results in another 0-0. Ireland are a side who are lacking a real goalscoring threat as Shane Long has to sit out through injury and there isn’t one striker in the Irish squad with an international goal to their name.
As I suggested earlier, the Republic of Ireland will more than likely be satisfied with taking a point from their trip to Denmark having already had a solid start to their qualifying campaign. Three of the last four meetings have ended in a draw and it is priced at 3.75 to happen again.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.53
Draw @ 3.75
Correct score: 0-0 @ 7.0