With just days to go until Ireland’s campaign-defining two-leg tie with Denmark, nerves among supporters are beginning to kick in. We can only imagine how the players are feeling…
Over the course of over 180 minutes, the two teams will battle it out for one spot in Russia next summer. Particularly in the first leg, keeping a cool head will be imperative.
Away from home, the Boys in Green have fared well so far, barring the two points they left behind them in Tbilisi. In that regard, they will be confident of claiming a result in Copenhagen.
However, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will be sending out a message that several of their key men will have to be careful. In all, ten Irish players are on yellow cards. Should they pick up a booking on Saturday, they will miss out on the home leg in the Aviva Stadium.
Darren Randolph and the like starting back four are all at risk, as are James McClean and Daryl Murphy.
Ireland players on yellow cards:
Meanwhile, Denmark have problems of their own, with star men Christian Eriksen, Thomas Delaney and Kasper Schmeichel all potentially missing the second leg.
Denmark players on yellow cards:
With the stakes so high, it’s likely that the first leg will be a tense affair. Expect a few players to be suspended for the second leg, perhaps on both teams.
Check out the latest episode of The Mixer as we review the FAI Cup final and look ahead to Ireland’s crunch World Cup play-off with Denmark.