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Ireland out for revenge vs Denmark after World Cup qualifier humiliation

Andreas Christenson Denmark vs Ireland UEFA Nations League soccer betting odds

Ireland welcomes Denmark to Dublin for a UEFA Nations League clash on Saturday looking to avenge its World Cup humiliation from 12 months ago. The Irish missed out on a place in Russia after losing 5-1 on their own soil to Denmark, and victory this weekend may well go some way to healing those humiliating wounds, as Martin O’Neill looks to arrest what has become a worrying slide.

SHARK BITES
  • Ireland has lost three of its last five games.
  • Denmark has won just one of its last five games.
  • Ireland has failed to keep a clean sheet in those five outings.

Ireland struggling for form and confidence

Martin O’Neill is desperately looking to remedy what has become an alarming downturn in form over the last year or so. The situation was made worse in their UEFA Nations League opener, as they were thrashed 4-1 by neighbor Wales.

Denmark, by way of contrast, recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales last month, and as a result of that victory is in pole position to top the group. Despite being away from home, Denmark comes into this game as the favorite to maintain its 100 per cent record in the new-look tournament.

The Danes are at just +162 to pick up another three points, while the Irish, despite home advantage and with the crowd behind them, are out at +210 to record their first victory since early June, when they beat USA 2-1 in a friendly.

And while this match may be closer than the World Cup qualifier, we are still expecting Denmark to come away victorious. A 2-1 win for the visitors is priced at +900, with OVER 2.5 goals in the game coming in at +150 and both teams to score at +110.

Ireland has a proverbial mountain to climb

After that disastrous result against Wales, the Irish have left themselves with a mountain to climb, and it may be too little, too late for them to stage a recovery. However, it is also worth remembering that Ireland will be out to avenge the mauling it suffered at the hands of Denmark 12 months ago – whether they have the technical quality to truly compete over 90 minutes, however, remains another matter entirely, and Denmark will be confident of another win.

If you prefer to steer clear of exact scoreline bets, you can also go down the route of winning margins. As noted above, we are expecting a closer game, and you can back Denmark to win by a single goal at a price of +275, while that price rises steeply to +600 if you think they can win by a difference of two goals.

Meanwhile, you can also use combos in an attempt to increase your winnings. For example, a win for Denmark and both teams to score is also priced competitively, and you can back that particular outcome at +550.

Denmark to make fast start

In the 4-1 loss to Wales, Ireland was a goal down inside six minutes and 2-0 down by the 18th minute. Given the fact that morale must surely be at a low, we like the chances of Denmark making an equally fast start in Dublin as well.

OVER 0.5 goals in the first 10 minutes is priced at +450, while you can back Denmark to be ahead inside that period at +1000. By way of comparison, Ireland is only slightly higher – at +1100 – to take an early lead in the match.

But who is likely to get the necessary goals? Denmark’s Bordeaux striker Andreas Cornelius is at the shortest odds, with the 25-year-old at +210 to net at any time during the 90 minutes, while you can back him at +550 to score either the first or last goal of the game.

For Ireland, meanwhile, veteran forward Shane Long is likely to be their most potent goal threat. The 31-year-old is at the same price as Cornelius – +210 to score at any time, and +550 to either open or close the scoring. This, however, should very much be Denmark’s night.

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