Preview - Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 13 October 18

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Uefa Nations League B Group 4
Republic of Ireland vs Denmark
Sunday, September 14th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland:
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.80
Top Scorer: Shane Long (17)

Denmark:
Last five matches form: D D L L W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.50
Top Scorer: Yussuf Poulsen (5)

The Republic of Ireland have something of a score to settle with Denmark. Having been drawn together in a World Cup playoff, Ireland secured a positive draw in Denmark in the first game, only to then be blown away in the home game here, losing 5-1 to leave their World Cup dream in tatters. The stakes aren't quite so high here, but the Irish will nevertheless be hoping for a much better display here.

Ireland's UEFA Nations League campaign didn't get off to the best of starts as they once again found themselves cut to pieces at the back, this time when losing 4-1 in Wales. A 1-1 draw away in Poland in a friendly last time was at least a step back in the right direction though.

Barring a defeat to Slovakia - a game in which they fielded a side of lower division players - Denmark have been very solid of late and look particularly tough to score against. Only knocked out of the World Cup on penalties by eventual runners up Croatia, they also drew with France at the finals and arrive here having beaten Wales 2-0 last time out.

Denmark are the tenth ranked side in the world at present, and whilst they aren't flashy, they are efficient and can be expected to win this one.




Prediction: Republic of Ireland 0 - 2 Denmark

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  4 - 13
Shots on target: 1 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 39% - 61%

Harry Arter, Cyrus Christie, James McClean and Shane Duffy were all booked for Ireland in this one, with referee Xavier Estrada also taking the name of Denmark's Thomas Delaney.

Denmark were the dominant side at the Aviva season, a fact which can easily be seen from the possession and shot statistics for the game. The Dane's were their usual solid selves, being extremely tough to break down and very well organised. In the absence of Christian Eriksen in the centre of the park though they were deprived of their most potent attacking threat and were unable to find the final pass or finish to claim maximum points.

For Ireland this was undoubtedly better than the most recent visit of the Dane's to these shores and Martin O'Neill will no doubt have been pleased with the clean sheet earnt on the night. Overall though there still looks to be a lot to work on for the Irish in all areas of the pitch at present.

Very little goalmouth incident in the first half, with what half chances there were coming from set pieces.

More of the same after the break really with the Dane's going mightily close in the 58th minute. Simon Kjaer heading goalward following a corner from the right, only to see his effort cleared off the line.

Cyrus Christie forced Kasper Schmeichel into a good save with the best of the Irish chances, even that came from outside the area though as he fired in a powerful drive.

Martin Braithwaite then drew a solid save from Darren Randolph when cutting into the area from the right. 0-0 final score though.




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