Republic of Ireland Must Show More Attacking Intent in the 2nd Leg

There was a huge contrast of emotions as the players left the pitch at the Parken Stadium on November 11th. Denmark were left disappointed and dejected after failing to hit the target during 90 frustrating minutes in Copenhagen and have plenty of work to do in the second leg. On the contrary, Republic of Ireland walked off to a standing ovation from their supporters as Martin O’Neill’s side battled manfully to remain in this tie. Defender Shane Duffy was a key part of the impenetrable defence and he believes his side can complete the job in the second leg. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph was imperious throughout with the only disappointment being the lack of away goal.

With the tie so finely poised, Irish bookmakers are finding it hard to separate these teams with Martin O’Neill’s side priced at 17/10 with Boylesports whilst their opponents can be backed 9/5 to emerge victorious in the second leg. A place at the World Cup 2018 is the prize for one of these sides and once again neither team will want to give much away here.

The Republic of Ireland managed to keep Christian Eriksen quiet throughout the 90 minutes and the Spurs man is likely to be the key man for the Danes once again. O’Neill could be tempted to make changes with captain David Meyler returning for the hosts and he is likely to come straight back into the side at the expense of Callum O’Dowda. Shane Long could also replace Daryl Murphy as the hosts aim to test the Danish defence whilst Wes Hoolahan may also feature. They lacked penetration during the first meeting however they can be extremely dangerous from set-pieces and that is surely their best way to success on November 14.

You can find details of all of the top Irish bookmakers here at BettingTop10, including Ladbrokes, who make Denmark marginal favourites to qualify at 8/11 with Ireland priced at evens.