Denmark welcome Ireland for the 3rd time in two years as they meet in their European Championship qualification group. The match kicks off at 8:45pm local time, in Denmark.

Home Team: Denmark

Denmark are a side that gave an impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup, as they were a penalty shoot-out away from reaching the quarter finals. They were eliminated by Croatia, but it must be noted that they played both of the World Cup finalists in two of their four matches, and neither side could beat them in 90 minutes. Since then, Denmark were able to win their UEFA Nations League group, so if they fail to qualify for the European Championships directly through the group, they do have a play-off as a back-up. Denmark would hope that they don’t need that though as they are joint favourites to qualify with Switzerland. Christian Eriksen is the key player for Denmark, but he will join the squad late, after reaching the Champions League final with Spurs. If he is back, and sharp, they’ll feel they should overcome the stubbornness of the Irish.

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Away Team: Ireland

Ireland sacked manager Martin O’Neill, and assistant manager Roy Keane following a shambolic UEFA Nations League showing. They managed to get two points from a possible 12, including back-to-back defeats to Wales, and couldn’t even muster a goal at all. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the World Cup after losing to this Friday’s opponents Denmark, in the play-offs, in a 5-1 battering, and it looks as if they haven’t recovered. New manager Mick McCarthy will hope to get Ireland back to their best, and has started with two wins from two. Admittedly, no one should have been surprised that they beat Gibraltar, and Georgia, both by a 1-0 score line. This will be his toughest test yet, and they’ll hope his team will show more ambition than they have done in recent visits to Denmark, although a point will certainly not be snubbed at. Can Ireland get a huge result?

Head to Head

The sides have met 17 times in their history, with 15 of them being in competitive fixtures. Denmark have the edge in terms of competitive wins, as they have four wins to their name, Ireland have three with the other eight matches ending all square. The sides have met each other four teams since 2017, with three of the matches, including the two in Denmark, ending 0-0. The other game was a 5-1 win for Denmark that took them to the World Cup finals. Denmark haven’t beaten Ireland in their last three matches at home – all 0-0 draws – with their last win coming back in 1984. Ireland’s only competitive win in Denmark came in 1957, and their last goal in this fixture was in 1978. Another 0-0 on the cards?

Predictions and Betting Tips

Denmark are favourites at 4/7 to get the win, with Ireland at 11/2. For Ireland to earn their 4th draw in a row in Denmark, it’s priced at 5/2. History would suggest it would be 0-0 (6/1), but I believe something will have to give this time. I’d back Denmark to get a victory here, so I’m going to back a 2-0 win at 5/1.

To boost the odds of this score line, add Yussuf Poulsen as a first goal scorer in a Scorecast that takes it to 20/1. To increase your earnings on a home win, you can back Denmark to score 3+ goals (3/1), or even back them to win both halves at the same price.

Finally, for the tipsters, if you believe Mick McCarthy will continue his winning streak and you’re feeling lucky, then you can back Ireland to win with both teams scoring at a generous 18/1, or even win from a losing position at half time at an incredible 66/1.

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