In what is rightfully being billed as their most important Group D appearance in their final outing, Ireland know that three points on Monday night will see them land an automatic spot at EURO 2020 when they welcome Denmark to Dublin.
While the Greens may have failed to land back-to-back victories in their previous two qualifying matchups, Mick McCarthy’s men should be boosted by their morale-boosting 3-1 win over New Zealand in a friendly contest last week.
However, while Monday’s hosts might know that nothing short of three points can see them land a famous top-two finish, Denmark still find themselves topping Group D and just a point will be enough to see them punch their ticket to next year’s European Championships.
However, with the two nations playing out a 1-1 draw when they met in København back in June, you might be interested to know that that Ireland’s previous meetings against the Danes have proved to be rather cagey encounters.
With each of the last three meetings producing just a pair of strikes, a similar outcome of under 2.5 goals can be found pencilled in at 3/5 with Bet365 for Monday night.
Make or break for Ireland
With assistant manager and former international icon Robbie Keane announcing that the new generation of Irish talent have the chance to gain “hero” status, Monday’s hosts should be boosted by their continued success on home soil.
Along with picking up a victory over New Zealand last Thursday, the Greens are yet to taste defeat at the Aviva Stadium in any of their three qualifying matches in the capital this year.
More impressive, Head Coach Mick McCarthy has seen his side enjoy a seven-match unbeaten run on home soil across all competitions, a run that stems back to October 2018.
Knowing that three points will secure an automatic route to EURO 2020, the former Ipswich boss will be hoping for his side to find a similar level of defensive resolve that they opened qualifying with.
The Greens have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their last five appearances and you might be interested to know that Ireland can be found at 4/11 with William Hill to have their defence breached on Monday night.
Denmark’s group to lose
Cruising to a routine 6-0 romp over Gibraltar last week and still holing a one-point buffer over the Swiss at the top of Group D, Denmark know that just a single point out in Dublin will be enough to secure their spot at EURO 2020.
Arguably saving their best performances for the end of qualifying, ÅgeHareide’s men have won four of their last five outings and are the only side in the group yet to taste defeat this year.
Entering their final contest, you might be interested to know that the Danes can be found at 11/10 with Bet65 to land top spot next week, behind Switzerland who sit at 4/6.
If the Danes are to secure their spot as Group D winners, then Monday’s traveling support will be calling on captain and talisman Christian Eriksen is to spearhead their charge.
Bagging a brace against Gibraltar last week, the 27-year-old playmaker has four qualifying goals in his last four appearances.
Also landing a hat-trick in Denmark’s famous 5-1 win away in Dublin back in 2017, you might be interested to know that the Tottenham man can be found pencilled in at 7/5 with 888sport to extend on his recent tally.