Ireland take on Denmark tonight in the third game of their Euro 2020 qualifying group as the Boys in Green look to maintain their 100% record under Mick McCarthy.
With kick-off just a few hours away here is everything you need to know ahead of Ireland’s crucial clash with Denmark.
Where Is The Game Taking Place?
Tonight’s game will be played at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
What Time Is Kick-Off?
Where Can I Watch The Game?
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports main event as well as RTÉ2 with coverage beginning on the Irish broadcaster at 7.
How Will Ireland Lineup?
It’s likely that McCarthy won’t stray too far from the winning formula that impressed against Georgia so we imagine it’ll be a 4-3-3 for the Boys in Green.
The only changes could come in the wide areas with Callum Robinson back fit and firing, he has an excellent chance of starting, as does Portsmouth hotshot Ronan Curtis.
Given the poor form of Robbie Brady and James McClean, they could be the men making way but it’s likely that McCarthy starts one of the two for their experience in big games.
How Is The Group Looking?
From an Irish perspective, it’s very promising. The Boys in Green are top of the table, however, the two teams they’ve beaten, Gibraltar and Georgia, are considered the minnows of the group.
Denmark’s 3-3 draw with Switzerland meant that Ireland nabbed top spot heading into the second international break of the year.
Why Is This Game So Important?
Despite drawing with Denmark, Switzerland are considered the strongest team in group D, making it likely that Ireland and Age Hareide’s side will battle it out for the second spot.
It’s also the toughest game McCarthy will have played in his brief second spell in charge of the Boys in Green and could be a huge opportunity for Ireland to make a serious statement in the group.
Who Are Denmark’s Danger Men?
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is the obvious choice and there’s no doubt that the Tottenham maestro will be looking to punish Ireland as he did at the Aviva in 2017.
Eriksen is the standout player in the Danish side but they are strong all around the midfield area with Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney and Ajax’s Lasse Schone both impressive on the ball and key to the way they play.
Winger Yussuf Poulsen was lively the last few times he featured against Ireland and given his impressive season with RB Leipzig could be a player to keep an eye on.
How Have Ireland Done Against Denmark In The Past?
Ireland are more than familiar with the Danes, but they haven’t beaten them in their previous four meetings, which have taken place in the space of just under two years.
In the World Cup playoff in 2017, Ireland drew 0-0 in Copenhagen but were comprehensively beaten by 5-1 at the Aviva as the Danes reached Russia.
The two games in the UEFA Nations League were a little bit more even with both ending 0-0.