Ireland v Denmark Preview : 90 Minutes from Russia
Event Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Tuesday 14 November 7.45pm. Live on Sky Sports .See Stats
Ireland managed to get a 0-0 draw away in Denmark. Our preview looks ahead to the second leg of their World Cup play-off as they host Denmark.
Now Finish the Job
Ireland didn't win too many fans in Denmark but came away with the result they so obviously wanted. They soaked up all the pressure and even though they didn't grab an away goal, they start this second leg with the scores level at 0-0. These World Cup play-offs haven't been that great for people who love seeing goals with the three weekend games all ending up goalless.
The Irish may be happy with their goalless draw but it leaves them wide open to the problems that would be caused by Denmark getting an away goal. Ireland haven't been scoring that many lately and in their last six internationals the only team they have been able to score twice against have been Moldova. All five of their home group games had less than 2.5 goals in them and they lack a squad full of players who ply their trade in the top division in England. If Denmark were to get a goal, it would take an almighty effort for Ireland to get the two goals they'd need. They were only able to beat the bottom two teams at home in their group and Denmark are a tough team to beat wherever you play then. Irish eyes may well be smiling at the end of this game but it's difficult to bet on it.
Away Goal the Dream for Denmark
With Ireland not known for scoring that many goals, Denmark will be looking for an away goal that will force the Irish to score at least twice to have a chance of making it to Russia next year. They dominated possession in the first leg and had 13 attempts on goal. Despite an impressive stat of 498 passes out of 587 being completed, Denmark couldn't find a way past the stubborn Irish defence.
Their away record in the group stages saw them win three out of their five games and they are unbeaten in their last ten matches. 13 of their last 14 World Cup away qualifiers have seen them score so there's a good chance they might be able to get that damaging goal. Six of their last nine away matches have had under 2.5 goals scored in them and in their last 11 games they have managed to stop their opponents score twice, this really isn't a game destined to have a sackful of goals.
Ireland got the result they wanted in Denmark and if fans found it boring, then hard luck. Now they are back on home territory and although it may not be pretty, this preview believes the best way to use a free bet is to go for under 2.5 goals in the game.
- All five of Ireland's home group qualifiers had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
- Ireland have only won one of their last four home qualifiers
- Denmark won three of their five away qualifiers
- Denmark are unbeaten in their last ten games
- The last three Denmark games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
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