By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 11th October 2018
Denmark returns to the Aviva Stadium for the first time since thumping the hosts 5-1 in Dublin in November 2017 in UEFA Nations League B, Group 4 action. Mercifully for Martin O’Neill’s men, the visitors are expected to be without Christian Eriksen.
Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Odds and Predictions
Despite the explosive nature of their defeat at the hands of Åge Hareide’s men the last time the two sides met, the Boys in Green are only tipping as 2/1 match-betting underdogs.
The Danes are picked as favourites for three points, with the betting tips at 31/20, but as the choreographer in chief Eriksen is likely to be missing with a potentially chronic abdominal complaint, the 2/1-rated draw suddenly looks far more alluring.
Our Republic of Ireland vs Denmark predictions expect the visitors’ defensive strength to collaborate with a lack of attacking guile in the home squad to serve up a stalemate.
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Republic of Ireland vs Denmark predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: 0-0, odds trading @ 11/2
O’Neill’s men held the Danes to a double-bagel draw in Copenhagen last November with Eriksen in the team, so, without him, their hopes of shutting out the Scandinavians have grown exponentially.
Of the seven goals the away side have netted since their last visit to the Emerald Isle (discounting a non-FIFA friendly with Jordan and that Futsal team debacle in Slovakia) six were either scored or assisted by the Tottenham star.
Demoralisingly for the Boys in Green and any readers eyeing up a home win with their Republic of Ireland vs Denmark predictions as a result, the Danes’ defensive record has been stellar over the last couple of years.
The likes of Kasper Schmeichel and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen have played their part in a rearguard that’s shipped just four times in 14 outings (not including the Jordan and Slovakia fixtures) since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, keeping ten clean sheets.
As such, it’s hard to see them being troubled by hosts that have scored once or less in nine of their last ten competitive games.
With the Danes’ rock-solid at one end and lacking a vital ingredient at the other, shutouts at both ends leads the betting tip.
Best bet: Under 1.5 goals, projected @ 13/8
While a draw is predicted and a goalless one is foreseen as the most likely type of final-whistle equilibrium to unfold, there remains the chance that a single strike could spoil selections.
After all, Ireland were one of the four sides to penetrate the Denmark defence since the start of last season, while the Danes’ Yussuf Poulsen has netted five in his last six for RB Leipzig. He’s in the kind of form to suggest a goal can’t be discounted entirely.
Anytime goalscorer prediction: No scorers @ 11/2
While 8/1 first scorer odds pick Poulsen is in bullish nick, our tip in the scorer betting has to be the 0-0 correct score’s shrewder cousin, no scorers. This also cops in the event of only own-goals and rocking-horse-dung rare strikes from keepers being registered (we’re watching you, Schmeichel Jr.)
Given the comically inept attempted clearance that set up Shane Duffy’s goal against the Danes last year, our Republic of Ireland vs Denmark predictions also allows for any tomfoolery potentially spoiling the 0-0 bet.
Republic of Ireland vs Denmark stats: Opta
- Likely absentee Christian Eriksen has netted seven times in his last nine internationals.
- Denmark’s last eight matches (discounting their non-FIFA clash with Jordan and their players’-strike-affected loss to Slovakia) have all rewarded under 2.5 goals backers.