Many decisions are no longer open before the last matchday in the European Championship qualifiers. Most of the tickets have already been taken and many games have purely statistical value. A little out of line D group of the current qualification dances.
A fixed EM starter does not yet exist, although it can be assumed that Switzerland will not show any weakness at Gibraltar and will secure the required point profit. That’s the big showdown in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium – in direct duel Ireland and Denmark fight for the second European Championship ticket!
The far better starting position is Denmark, who are currently leading the table. Accordingly, the Danes are already drawn to fix the ticket. For Ireland, all that counts is a complete success, otherwise the team of Mick McCarthy will be condemned to watch in the coming year.
Despite home games – which is an advantage in Ireland due to the great atmosphere – the hosts are outsiders for the bookies. The game starts on Monday evening at 19:45.
Both in 2012 and 2016, Ireland was represented at the European Football Championship. Are the boys in Green missing the third consecutive entry due to a single defeat in qualifying? This possibility is certainly given, because in the previous seven qualifiers Ireland had beaten only in Switzerland.
This 2-0 defeat in October finally brought the Confederates to the European Championship, while for the Irish it was clear that there will be a final in the final game against Denmark.
Three wins, three draws and just one defeat were in the previous games. Especially the loss of points in Georgia hurts enormously. Once again, the Irish have big problems with scoring goals.
Overall, only six goals were scored, but presented the defensive in view of only four goals against extremely saddle. In all seven previous games that was the right decision.
Ireland will certainly remain true to its own principles at the beginning of the match and will first focus on the defensive. After all, any mistake could already maneuver the dream of the European Championship into the distance. However, it is also clear that as the game progresses, the McCarthy team must take more risk.
Confidence gained the Irish on Thursday night in a friendly against New Zealand. Despite the residue, the Irish put in front of home crowd with 3: 1 by. A real indicator of the difficult game against Denmark was the game but not because Mick McCarthy granted some of his regular players a break. Conclusions for the Denmark game are therefore difficult to draw.
In the current FIFA World Ranking, the team of head coach Age Hareide is even ranked 14th. Although Denmark does not stand for the huge successes, with the exception of the 1992 European Championships, in recent years there have been strong results for “Danish Dynamite”.
The final defeat dates back to September 2018, when the Danish players refused to play in a dispute with the association, meaning they lost 3-0 to Slovakia 3-0.
How strong the Danes are, however, they showed at the World Cup, as the team only had to give penalties to the eventual vice-champion Croatia narrowly. Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is of course the head of the team, but even off the creative offensive player, the Danes now have a very strong team.
The Danes can count on a good mix of routine and talent. Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer or Lasse Schöne are among the veterans, Kasper Dolberg, Robert Skov or Joachim Andersen the young guard at Hareide.
Outstanding in the previous games was also the offensive, which scored no less than 22 goals in seven games. The defense is as solid as those of the Irish, overall, there were only five goals conceded.
In the last five internationals (four qualifiers and a friendly against Luxembourg) Denmark had not suffered a single goal. In the showdown for the European Championship ticket between Ireland and Denmark are offered odds around the 1.80 that both teams can not score a goal.
At the weekend, Denmark celebrated a befitting victory against the point-less taillight Gibraltar. However, the 6-0 victory became clear only in the second half, because in the first game Denmark was still too negligent with the oppressive superiority to.