Martin O’Neill’s time with the Republic of Ireland national team might be coming to an end, although the Northern Irishman will be desperate to steer them towards Euro 2020 and land a morale-boosting win in this clash against Denmark.
The boys in green were played off the park when losing 4-1 to Wales in their inaugural Nations League clash and O’Neill will look for the team to have more defensive solidity against a Danish side who went unbeaten in 2017 and might have done the same this year before the players went on strike.
The squad are back in action now although Christian Eriksen is not among them and his absence shouldn’t be overlooked considering the goals and creativity that he brings to the party.
It was Eriksen who was the chief architect of that 5-1 win at the Aviva Stadium last year which saw the Irish fail in the play-offs and the visitors are going to have to figure out a way of playing without their star man.
For the home side, it’s all about winning ugly, with O’Neill likely to field Matt Doherty who has been so impressive in the right wing-back position for Wolverhampton Wanderers, although there’s a clear shortage of quality forwards within the squad.
Therefore, we’re going to plump for the Republic on the Asian Handicap market and also for them to win by a single goal and get the job done by battling their way to victory.