Denmark vs Rep. Ireland World Cup Qualifer Play-Offs Betting Tips

It’s been a veritable roller coaster for Martin O’Neill over the past few months.

As recently as September it looked as though the experienced manager could be coming to the end of his time as Republic of Ireland manager after a dour 1-1 draw with Georgia was followed up with a 1-0 defeat to Serbia in Dublin. At that time, Ireland’s chances of making it to the World Cup were hanging by a thread but O’Neill managed to turn things around in dramatic style with wins over Moldova and Wales.

Those victories secured second place in Group D and now a playoff tie with Denmark is all that stands between Ireland and a place in Russia next summer.

Republic of Ireland fans know that you cannot take anything for granted in these playoff ties and this exciting young Denmark side pose a particular threat. They are far from the finished article as defeats against both Montenegro and Denmark proved but when Åge Hareide’s team click into gear, they are capable of some quality football.

Unfortunately for Hareide, he may have to deal with as many as four starters missing through injury on Saturday evening. Ireland are also sweating on the fitness of key players which just adds to the intrigue of this fascinating tie.

Martin O’Neill has shown impressive resolve to keep Ireland in with a shot of earning a place at the World Cup in Russia.

Denmark v Rep. Ireland Outright Betting Market

Denmark 3/4 (Bet365)

Draw 23/10 (Ladbrokes)

Rep. Ireland 19/4 (Bet365)

It’s not just Republic of Ireland fans who are wary about Saturday’s game. The Danish fans heading to Telia Parken and watching all over the country will be well aware of Ireland’s ability to grind out results. O’Neill’s men did a real number on Wales in their final game of the group stage and you can expect them to go for something similar this time around. As the old football cliché goes, you can’t win it in the first leg but you certainly lose it.

There is always a danger of being caught on the counterattack when managers set their team up to get a point. A manager of O’Neill’s experience and calibre is well aware of the potential pitfalls, and, as the bookies’ odds show, Denmark pose a particular threat. However, the Danish injuries coupled with Ireland’s ability to play the role of party poopers makes O’Neill’s men look a good bet in the double chance market at 117/100 with Sportingbet.

 

Correct Score Market

Denmark 1-0 @ 9/2 (Betfred)

Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (William Hill)

Denmark 2-0 @ 13/2 (Paddy Power)

Draw 0-0 @ 13/2 (Coral)

Denmark 2-1 @ 8/1 (Betfred)

Rep. Ireland 1-0 @ 10/1 (Ladbrokes)

Darren Randolph will have to be on top form in the Ireland goal to keep Denmark at bay.

 

If Ireland are to keep this tie alive and avoid defeat they’ll surely have to keep the scoring down. Denmark may be without striker Nicolai Jorgensen who fractured his wrist on Sunday but they have other capable options up front as well as one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the world in Christian Eriksen.

Ireland cannot allow Eriksen and his teammates in midfield any space or time on the ball while their defence must be switched on throughout. Darren Randolph, who has impressed between the sticks in recent years, also needs a big performance. It’ll be tough but with everyone pulling in the right direction, Ireland should be able to just do enough.

If you’re having a bet on the Correct Score market, either 0-0 (13/2 with Coral) or 1-1 (6/1 with William Hill) are both tempting options but a safer bet is under 2.5 goals at 8/15 with Betfred.

 

First Goalscorer Market

Andreas Cornelius 9/2 (Coral)

Nicolai Jorgensen 9/2 (Bet365)

Nicklas Bendtner 5/1 (Bet365)

Yussuf Poulsen 6/1 (Betfred)

Christian Eriksen 13/2 (Betfred)

Viktor Fischer 7/1 (Betfred)

Pione Sisto 8/1 (Bet365)

Shane Long 8/1 (Betfred)

The top seven options in the First Goalscorer market are all Denmark players. That makes clear the size of the task facing Ireland and their defence in particular. Jorgensen (9/2 with Bet365) may only be able to start on the bench which creates opportunities for both Andreas Cornelius (9/2 with Coral) and Nicklas Bendtner (5/1 with Bet365) but it’s that man Eriksen who represents the best value at 13/2 with Betfred.

Not only is he part of the Tottenham team that have been so consistently excellent in the Premier League, but Eriksen’s been scoring important goals for his country throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign. He’ll be on free-kick duties and can score from all around the penalty box so Eriksen is the man to back if you’re having a first goalscorer bet.

 

Betting Recommendations

Draw/Rep. Ireland double chance at 117/100 with Sportingbet

Under 2.5 goals at 8/15 with Betfred