Ireland have been handed a relatively good draw for the November World Cup play-off, drawing Denmark. We take a look at what we’ll be facing against the Danish.
The first leg will be away from home in the Danish capital before bring them back to the Aviva Stadium 72 hours later.
Denmark lost just once at home at the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen in the group – but that 1-0 loss to Montenegro shows that there are vulnerabilities for Ireland to exploit.
Fifa Ranking: 20th in the World (Ireland are 26th)
Manager: Åge Hareide
Best result in qualifying:
Denmark 4-0 Poland. Denmark produced an incredible performance at home to eventual group winners Poland back in September, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Cornelius amongst the goals.
Worst result in qualifying:
Denmark 0-1 Montenegro: One of the results that denied Denmark top spot in group E. While it was their only home defeat, it was a second loss in a row – already four points behind the Poles.
Tottenham Hotspur talisman Christian Eriksen is Denmark’s leading light and is likely to be Ireland’s greatest threat. The 25-year-old midfielder has vast international experience having first been capped way back in 2010. He has scored 18 goals in 73 international appearances, eight of which have come in this qualifying campaign. The entire Republic of Ireland team managed only 12 goals in qualifying.
Kasper Schmeichel is another leader in the team. The Leicester City goalkeeper has been in good form for Denmark over qualification and was crowned Danish Player of the Year last season.
Record vs Republic of Ireland:
Ireland and Denmark have rarely met in the last two decades. In qualifying for 1994 World Cup, both home and away games ended in a draw. The only meetings since have been by way of friendly matches, both of which Ireland won – 3-0 and 4-0.
Appearance at major tournaments:
Denmark have qualified four times for the World Cup Finals, most recently appearing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Their best performance came in the 1998 World Cup as they reached the quarter-finals.
Their greatest achievement remains their triumph at Euro 1992 where they were crowned European champions.
Telia Parken, Copenhagen – 38,000 capacity.
Odds of beating Ireland:
Paddy Power has Denmark as 19/20 favourites against Ireland in the first leg which will be played in Copenhagen.
Danish thoughts on Republic of Ireland:
According to a poll that had been conducted by BT Sporten, the Danes won’t be too excited to be meeting us:
Kevin Boyle, Pundit Arena