Qualification for the Euro 2020 Championships continues this week with Denmark looking for their first win when they welcome top of Group D the Republic of Ireland. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we have the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
These two have gotten used to facing each other after squaring off in the play-offs for the World Cup, before encountering one another again in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
Three of the four meetings ended in a goalless stalemate, while Christian Eriksen ran the show on the other occasion as he bagged a hat-trick in a 5-1 rout, though that was an unusual result and a lower-scoring affair should ensue here.
Republic Short On Goalscoring Resources
Ireland have lacked a quality goalscorer within their ranks ever since all-time top scorer Robbie Keane hung up his boots, but with 35-year-old Jonathan Walters having now joined him in retirement and with 32-year-old Shane Long pulling out with a hamstring injury, there’s not a single striker in the squad with an international goal.
In fact, only two players in the entire squad to have scored more than twice for their country to date, so it’s no great shock to see their approach reliant upon defensive solidity.
Indeed, 15 of Ireland’s last 18 matches have seen fewer than three goals, while their past six have all seen just one strike or less as these games saw a measly total output of three successful efforts.
Although Ireland have won 1-0 in their two games since their previous head-to-head with the Danes, with these Mick McCarthy’s first matches back in the job, Age Hareide’s side are simply a superior outfit compared to Gibraltar and Georgia.
Denmark v Republic Of Ireland Betting Tips
Denmark’s last two games yielded high scorelines – drawing 2-2 with Kosovo and 3-3 with Switzerland – but these matches saw late drama and Hareide is unlikely to alter the successful blueprint that’s worked for him so far.
Excluding a 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia while fielding a second-string side owing to a dispute between the players and the Danish FA, 12 of their previous 13 matches prior to those two stalemates saw a maximum of two strikes – with Denmark keeping 10 clean sheets.
Excluding that 3-0 defeat to Slovakia, Denmark have been level at the break in 10 of their last 15 outings, while they’ve been goalless at the break in six of their last eight in front of their own fans. Meanwhile, six of Ireland’s last seven matches have been goalless at half-time, while they’ve gone in all square after the opening 45 in 19 of their last 26 on their travels.
However, the Danes have only been level at the break in three of their past 15 wins, and at the prices the win to nil is more appealing.
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