Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Christensen, Knudsen, Kvist, Delaney, Sisto, Eriksen, Poulsen, Bendtner
Republic of Ireland:
Randolph, Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward, McClean, Arter, Whelan, Hourihane, Brady, Murphy
Denmark started the qualifications with two defeats and many believed they won't be competitive. Nevertheless, four victories on the last five matches helped them to secure the second place in their group, behind Poland, but ahead Montenegro and Romania. One result should particularly be mentioned - the 4:0 victory against Poland at home turf. Coach Age Hareide has composed a solid team leaded by Tottenham star Christian Eriksen. Most of the players are ready for this clash, but defender Simon Kjaer suffered a hamstring injury playing for Sevilla against Barcelona. According to the last news, Kjaer should start in the heart of the defense together with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. Striker Nicolai Jorgensen is rated as doubtful.
Republic of Ireland got maximal six points from the last two matches in their group and secured a play-off spot. They managed to beat Moldova with 2:0 and Wales with 1:0 in Cardiff. James McClean was the hero after scored the crucial goal in the second half. Ireland are looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 2002 and this match in Copenhagen could be crucial for their ambitions. Interesting, Martin O'Neill's side stayed unbeaten in away matches of the group. However, they are handicapped on this game. First of all, midfielder David Meyler won't play due to a suspension. That's not all, five more players are struggling with injuries. James McCarthy, Jonathan Walters, Sean Maguire and Richard Keogh are definitely sidelined, while Jeff Hendrick is doubtful with a muscle problem.
This is the first meeting between Denmark and Republic of Ireland in a qualifying fixture since 1992. Denmark have one win and one draw on the last two official games as hosts. Here are the results:
14.10.1992. Denmark v Ireland 0:0
14.11.1984. Denmark v Ireland 3:0
Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Prediction:
I think Denmark will win at Telia Parken Stadium. They are hosts and they are complete, while Ireland have some important players sidelined due to suspension and injury. Finally, Denmark have a player able to make the difference in this match - Christian Eriksen. Tottenham star play in excellent form for his club and his confidence is very high at the moment. He even scored against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Pick: Home win