UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers are going on and tonight Republic of Ireland is going to host Denmark in group D Matchday 10 of the competition.
Back in June,
the Republic of Ireland
went against each other where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Republic of Ireland
have recently lost their match against Switzerland, which makes it a must-win for them. This is while
needs just a point or even a one-goal defeat to pass safely.
Taking a look at the group’s ranking you will see that
are currently on the top with 15 points, while their rivals are in third place with three points less which make it a hard competition for the Irish side.
The teams’ news
What is up with the Republic of Ireland?
The Republic of Ireland started their UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers with their Matchday 1 clash against Gibraltar, which was ended with a 1-0 result for the Irish side. However, now they are on a three-game winless run, which has made this match so important for them. Overall, the team have had three wins, three draws, and one loss so far.
Denmark in details
On the other side of the pitch there are Denmark; a team with no losses in their last five meetings with Ireland, as they won once and four times the games ended in draws, including each of the last three.
The Roligans have not lost any of their matches in this year’s EC Qualifiers but have drawn three and won the other four. Their best result came against Gibraltar as the Danes thrashed them for two times, both with a 6-0 result.
The Republic of Ireland absentees
It has to be said that Mick McCarthy is going to face their Danish rivals missing Keogh, Cunningham, and Connolly all due to injuries. This is while Séamus Coleman is also suspended with Randolph being a doubt due to injury.
On the contrary, it is interesting to know that Åge Hareide is facing no injuries or suspensions.
Here are the facts worth mentioning from the history books:
First, it is good to mention that this will be the sixth competitive meeting between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark since 2017, with the Boys in Green failing to win any of the last five meetings between the sides with four draws and one loss.
Three of the last five matches involving the Republic of Ireland and Denmark have ended 0-0, with the exceptions being a 5-1 win for Denmark in November 2017 and a 1-1 draw between the sides in their most recent clash back in June.
On home soil, the Republic of Ireland have only won one of their last five games against Denmark in all competitions, as they drew two and lost the other two. The win was achieved after a 3-0 friendly victory back in March 2002 under Mick McCarthy. The goals from Ian Harte, Robbie Keane, and Clinton Morrison secured the victory.
Denmark, who remain the only undefeated side in group D, haven’t lost any of their last 16 European/World Cup qualifying matches since a 0-1 defeat to Montenegro on home soil back in October 2016 as they have won then matches and drew the other six. It has to be reminded that this year they have played an overall of seven matches, winning four and drawing the other three.
The Republic of Ireland, who lost to Switzerland in their last qualifier in October, haven’t suffered back-to-back defeats within the same European Championship qualifying campaign since September-October 2006 when they lost to Germany and Cyprus before failing to qualify for Euro 2008.
It is important to remember that Victory for the Republic of Ireland in this match would see them qualify for Euro 2020 next summer, meaning they will have qualified for each of the last three major European Championship tournaments. The other two came in 2012 and 2016.
Going through the star facts, it has to be mentioned that Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has had a direct hand in eight of his side’s 22 goals in this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as he has netted five goals and provided three assists. In fact, no player in group D has scored more goals or registered more assists than the Spurs man.
On the other side, the Republic of Ireland have netted just two goals in their last five meetings with Denmark, with Brighton defender Shane Duffy scoring both.
Randolph, Doherty, Egan, Duffy, Stevens, Browne, Whelan, Hendrick, McClean, Conolly, Robinson.
Schmeichel, Lichtsteiner, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen, Schone, Delaney, Pulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite, Cornelius.
The Republic of Ireland Key men
The 27-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion defender is one of the bests at the Irish national team. This year he has scored one goal in the seven matches he has played for the national team.
Denmark Key men
Christian Eriksen is one of the bests in Denmark national team who also plays in Tottenham Hotspur as a midfielder. The 27-year-old has scored an overall of five goals in the seven matches he has played in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers and also provided three assists, which is a brilliant performance. The Danish has also netted one goal and provided one assist for his club in this season’s Premier League.
Monday, 18 November
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