It’s judgement day for the Irish football team – can they (and the country) look forward to the World Cup in Russia next year or will they follow the Italians in shedding tears of disappointment?
Ireland host Denmark tonight with a goalless draw in the first leg meaning there is everything to play for.
It’s debatable whether Ireland will play at home the defensive game which thwarted the Danes on Saturday. But a more expansive Irish side will mean more space for the likes of Christian Eriksen to cause trouble.
And an away goal would mean the home team having to score twice, something they haven’t done in a competitive fixture, with the exception of against 167th-ranked Moldova, for two years.
Now it’s true a vocal crowd can inspire the home team – who can forget the game against Bosnia two years ago – but we think this may be tricky for the boys in green. We’ll be cheering them on, but the cold calculation suggests balancing an emotional investment in Ireland with a cash investment in Denmark.
We’ll take the 3/1 that Paddy Power offers that Denmark win by one goal.
Recommendation: Denmark to win by one goal, 1 pt, at 3/1, Paddy Power
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