To say this World Cup Qualifying Playoff is finely poised would be an understatement. Republic of Ireland and Denmark are fairly evenly matched as it is, but after a goalless draw in Copenhagen it all comes down to the 90 minutes in Dublin. Obviously Republic of Ireland have the home advantage, but they are also acutely aware of the damage an away goal would cause on Tuesday.
The hosts have now won three, drawn three, and lost one of their last seven outings in all competitions, and they’re facing a Denmark side unbeaten in ten matches. However, most of those unbeaten matches came against minnows, with only their stunning victory against Poland, a draw with Germany, and a draw against Czech Republic being considered impressive results.
Two of those results came at home as well. Away from home they have won three, drawn two, and lost four of their last nine. They are unbeaten in five, but again the only impressive result was their draw in Czech Republic.
However, Republic of Ireland aren’t in the best of shape at home either. They have won four, drawn two, and lost two of their eight games since Euro 2016, including poor losses against Iceland and Serbia.
Any match involving Martin O’Neill’s side is a cagey affair just because of their organisation and defensive mindset, but with so much on the line, this is expected to be an even tighter game of football.
Four of Republic of Ireland’s last seven home games have seen fewer than two goals in total, and taking into consideration the goalless draw in Copenhagen, we can definitely see this being a low scoring affair. Backing Under 1.5 Goals looks a good choice here, along with another 0-0 draw that would take the tie to extra time.
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