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Republic of Ireland v Denmark betting tips: Dublin crowd can inspire famous Irish victory

Neil Roarty in Football 12 Nov 2017

Republic of Ireland v Denmark World Cup 2018 Play Off second leg predictions and betting tips ahead of Tuesday's crucial match at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland secured a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen and so it's simply a case of whoever wins in Dublin qualifies for Russia 2018.


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Republic of Ireland v Denmark Predictions



Boos rang out at Telia Parken on Saturday night after Denmark's 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland and most of the viewers at home will have agreed with the home fans' assessment of what was a dire game of football. However, for Ireland it was a victory of sorts with Martin O'Neill's men having reduced a two-legged tie to what amounts to a single match Play Off for the 2018 World Cup in Dublin on Tuesday.

The away fans will have been satisfied with the result but the performance was a little worrying. Ireland had just 34% of the possession in Copenhagen and two shots on target during the 90-minutes. They may have contained Denmark but they made very little impression of their own and improvement will be needed in Dublin if the Boys in Green are to make it to the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

It is, however, unlikely that there will be a dramatic change of tactics for Tuesday's second-leg although the 50,000 Irish crowd will be a huge weapon for the home side. Ireland's supporters are renowned the world over and there is a very real chance that the wall of green that has served them so well in the past will be able to intimidate the visitors. Ireland lost just one home match in qualifying, to a strong Serbian side, and although Denmark won away to Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan they were unable to score in Romania and lost 3-2 to Poland in Warsaw. The Danes also stumbled when put under the pressure of having to win their last qualifier at home to Romania, only drawing with the already eliminated Tricolorii and thus not causing Poland to sweat in their must win match with Montenegro.

It must also be remembered that Denmark didn't qualify for either the 2014 World Cup or the 2016 European Championships. They lost a Play Off for the latter, drawing 2-2 with Sweden when needing to win the second-leg of the tie. This squad is not used to performing in pressure situations and if Ireland can frustrate them for long enough in Dublin then they could become nervous and start to panic. The Irish, who have plenty of experience after winning a Play Off for Euro 2016 and also claiming a crucial victory over Wales in Cardiff to get to this stage, are unlikely to do the same and that could be the difference.

There aren't too many goal threats in O'Neill's squad but Robbie Brady, James McClean and Shane Long all have history of scoring match winners in important games. If any of that trio have the ball then the Aviva Stadium will come to life, which might just be enough to inspire a narrow, but historic win on Tuesday night.

Republic of Ireland v Denmark Match Stats


  • Ireland claimed a 0-0 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday
  • The Boys in Green are now unbeaten in their last three matches with the Danes
  • Ireland have not conceded in their last three matches with Denmark
  • Ireland have kept a clean sheet in their last three World Cup qualifiers
  • Denmark are unbeaten in their last eight World Cup qualifiers

Republic of Ireland v Denmark Team News


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Republic of Ireland v Denmark betting tips: Dublin crowd can inspire famous Irish victory

Republic of Ireland v Denmark World Cup 2018 Play Off second leg predictions and betting tips ahead of Tuesday's crucial match at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland secured a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen and so it's simply a case of whoever wins in Dublin qualifies for Russia 2018.

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