IRE vs DEN Dream11: Ireland face Denmark in a crunch UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match at Aviva Stadium, in Dublin on Monday night (IST). The host fell to 3rd in Group D, following the results on Saturday, and especially after Switzerland beat Georgia 1-0. Now they are two points behind the Swiss team, who are set to face Gibraltar away in their last game, while 3 points separate them from leaders and their next opponent Denmark.
However, Ireland's fate will not be sealed even if they lose at home or fail to collect all three points against Denmark. That's because the other route to Euro 2020 goes via the standing in UEFA Nations League. Sixteen spots will still be up for grabs come March next year after the culmination of Euro 2020 qualification rounds and Ireland are guaranteed one of the spots after Sweden's 2-0 win over Romania on Friday night.
For Denmark, a point will be enough to make sure they attend the next summer's UEFA's global showpiece event. That said, they also have a two-way route to the Euro 2020, the playoffs, but Christien Eriksen and Co. won't want the headache of the two-leg ties which can go either way.
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Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 19, @ 01:15 AM
Match Venue: Aviva Stadium
Ireland need 3 points from this game, it's as simple as that. They are at home and will look to feed off the energy of the fervent home fans. But only if these factors were all that mattered, Besiktas would have already won the champions league many times.
The betting markets are going with a win for Denmark as the most expected result here, with the Draw coming at 2nd.
Here are the odds:
Denmark to win: 11/10 (2.1) | Probability to happen: 47.62%
Draw: 23/10 (3.3) | Probability to happen: 30.30%
A win for Ireland: 5/2 (3.5) | Probability to happen: 28.57%
Christian Eriksen scored a hattrick the last game he visited Dublin to play against the Republic of Ireland, and it's no wonder that he is being seen as the most likely man to break the duck here.
Odds to score first: 3/2
Implied Probability: 40.00%
Andreas Cornelius is expected to start in this game, and he is placed 2nd with 34.84% chances to score any time in this game.
Ireland team news:
Ireland will have to go into this huge encounter against Denmark without their best player and captain Seamus Coleman who was sent off in the last game and is suspended for this match.
In a fresh blow to the home team, Blackburn defender Derrick Williams hobbled off the pitch with a calf strain during the 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand on Thursday.
The host will also head into the game without Aaron Connolly, who was forced to pull out of the squad due to groin injury.
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Kieran O'Hara, Mark Travers
Defenders: Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Enda Stevens, Kevin Long, Matt Doherty, John Egan
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Callum, Conor Hourihane, Alan Judge, Alan Browne, Jack Byrne, Josh Cullen
Forwards: David McGoldrick, Callum Robinson, Scott Hogan, Seán Maguire, James Collins, Troy Parrott
Denmark team news:
Denmark are without Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing, whose name has been a surprise exclusion from the squad. No other injury major absentees for the visitors. Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Eriksen, and Andreas Christensen lead the star-studded team.
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel, Frederik Rønnow, Jesper Hansen
Defenders: Simon Kjær, Peter Ankersen, Mathias Jørgensen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Jonas Knudsen
Midfielders: Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schöne, Thomas Delaney, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Daniel Wass, Christian Nørgaard
Forwards: Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg, Christian Gytkjær, Robert Skov, Yussuf Poulsen
Ireland: Randolph (GK), Doherty, Egan, Duffy, Stevens, Browne, Whelan, Hendrick, McClean, Collins, Robinson
Denmark: Schmeichel (GK), Lichtsteiner, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen, Schone, Delaney, Poulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite, Cornelius
We will be updating the teams once the line-ups are out!
This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams since 2017, with Ireland without a win in the last five.
On paper, Denmark are better bt some stretch and will be starting the match as favorites.