19:45 GMT 11 November 2017
The next major international tournament is on the horizon as we get closer to the FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer and we already know the majority of the nations who will be there next year. However, the final few are still yet to be decided and this will be done through the use of playoffs. Two of the European sides who are relying on these playoffs to secure their place are Denmark and Republic and Ireland and they will meet over two legs to see which team will be in Russia. The first leg will be played in Copenhagen before the teams return to Dublin for the second-leg.
This two-legged affair will be the 14th and 15th meetings between the two nations and probably the most important. Republic of Ireland have avoided defeat in each of the last four meetings with two wins from the last two, scoring seven goals in the process without conceding. The last time a Denmark side overcame Ireland was during qualification for the 1986 World Cup where the Danes won both clashes.
It is imperative that Denmark avoid defeat at home in the first-leg as a loss in the first match makes it almost impossible to claw it back in Dublin. They will be relying on the firepower of Christian Eriksen going forward and the safe hands of Leicester goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel in between the sticks.
Latest matches: Denmark
A win or draw for Republic of Ireland would put them in an extremely commanding position going into the home second-leg but they must make sure the tie isn’t out-of-reach. David Meyler is banned for the first-leg and is expected to be replaced by veteran, Glenn Whelan while Jeff Hendrick has been passed as fit to play. Latest matches: Ireland
Latest matches: Ireland
Out of all the World Cup play-off ties, this one is probably the hardest to call with two strong teams at similar stages in terms of quality. I think Denmark will take a slight lead into the second-leg as they have a slight advantage but anything other than a loss will be very successful for Ireland and they will be fired up to come away with a result. Over two legs, it is too close to call but Denmark should be taking a lead into the second-leg on Tuesday.
11 November 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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