The Republic of Ireland are just 180 minutes from a place at the World Cup next summer, with Denmark standing in the way of the Boys in Green.
Having overcome the challenge of Wales in the qualifiers, and their star man Gareth Bale, Ireland know they cannot just focus on the talents of Denmark and Tottenham starlet Christian Eriksen, although the playmaker hopes they do just that.
As reported in the Irish Independent, Eriksen said he feels Martin O’Neill’s men have more to be concerned about in the Denmark set up than just himself and feels they will not be distracted by his own qualities.
“I don’t think they’ll focus on only one player but I hope they do because there are other players in our team who can take over.
“I am used to the focus and it won’t be different from the all other matches we play. These games are going to be huge.
“We have at least 180 minutes to play where it will be all or nothing. We lost our last (Euro 2016) play-off to Sweden and I’m sure everyone will be doing everything to avoid that happening again.”
Denmark lost out on automatic qualification for Russia at the hands of Poland who topped Group E on 25 points meaning their second place finish on 20 points was only good enough for a play-off spot.
Denmark are likely to have defender Simon Kjaer fit while Martin O’Neill expects Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick to shake off his injury concern in time for Saturday evening’s kick-off.
Sean Maguire has already been ruled out of both legs with a long-term hamstring injury suffered while with his club, Preston.
The Danes have lost at home just once in their previous eight games, with Ireland knowing they need to leave Copenhagen with a positive result as they head into next Tuesday’s showdown at the Aviva Stadium in the final chapter on the road to Russia 2018.
While the play-offs were kind to Ireland on the road to Euro 2016, the Danes missed out, losing to neighbours Sweden in the play-offs.
They will be determined not to miss out again.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena