Ireland had a perfect chance and do something more in October, maybe even seal the qualifying process but the team completely disappointed their fans not being able to score a single goal in two matches.
First, it was a goalless game away to Georgia, where they simply didn’t create enough and were unable to up the tempo.
The second match was away to Switzerland and they were deservedly defeated 2:0 against simply far more fluid side overall.
Comparing to previous matches, the Irish team will miss goalkeeper Westwood (21/0, Sheffield Wednesday), defenders Christie (24/2, Fulham), Williams (3/1, Blackburn(, midfielder McCarthy (40/0, Crystal Palace) and forward Long (82/17, Southampton).
Denmark kept the chances high of qualifying further with a victory at home against Switzerland back in October narrowly 1:0.
They had quite an easy game against Gibraltar on Friday night at home, winning the match with six goals scored.
It was actually just a test for them before far more important match away to Ireland. No matter what, having in mind that Switzerland will win away to Gibraltar, the Danes can’t afford to lose this one.
The guests aren’t counting at defender Nielsen (1/0, Malmo), midfielder Lerager (10/1, Genoa) and forward Andersen (4/0, AaB) comparing to previous call-up.
It all comes down to this match for the Irish team. They didn’t have a brilliant run in this qualifying process, however in case they get a victory here, they’ll manage to seal the progress further.
The team didn’t look that well in attack all qualifiers long but will need to attack here and see what’s happening. They aren’t favorites, neither looking good in recent matches, but should be able to score one way or another in this one.
The guests, on the other side, can’t afford to only defend – neither should since they have better variety in attack anyway. Goals are likely and very tempting since the match simply needs to become very open one sooner or later.