Denmark v Republic of Ireland Betting Tips
Irish football is currently a tale of two O’Neills.North of the border, Michael O’Neill is rightly praised from every quarter for the incredible job that he’s done with Northern Ireland.
Things are a little different south of the border with Martin O’Neill though.
The praise for the Republic of Ireland manager is much less fulsome than his Northern Irish counterpart even though the Republic were equally competitive at Euro 2016 and are also just two games away from booking their place at the 2018 World Cup.
Whether it’s because of his prickly demeanour in press conferences or the rather dour football that his Ireland team have played over the past few years, it feels as though the jury is very much our for Martin O’Neill.
Will he be able to silence the doubters and prove himself to be among the elite of football managers by getting a huge performance out of his Republic of Ireland team in the first leg of their playoff on Saturday night?
Tight Encounter Will Play into the Republic’s Hands
It’s not that long ago that O’Neill was having to defend his position as Ireland manager to the media.
He fended off questions about a lack of flair and attacking intent after the 1-1 draw away to Georgia which was swiftly followed up with a 1-0 home defeat to eventual group winners Serbia.
At that stage it looked as though Ireland would struggle to make the playoffs but the team bounced back, first with a 2-0 home win over Moldova and then a hard fought 1-0 victory over Wales.
If O’Neill deserved criticism for those poor results, he certainly deserves praise for their last two games and we could be in line for another masterclass of defensive football at Telia Parken.
Ireland are going to make life as difficult as possible for Denmark so as to keep the tie alive for the second leg where they have home advantage in Dublin.
Not only are the Ireland squad behind their manager and ready to prove themselves but Denmark have injury concerns potentially ruling four starters out of Saturday’s match.
The Danes have a decent home record with just one defeat in their last eight competitive matches in Denmark but this Ireland team will take some beating. So much so that we recommend betting on the draw/Ireland double chance at 117/100 with Sportingbet.
We also think that in a game where chances are set to be at a premium, a bet on under 2.5 goals should pay out at 4/7 with Unibet.
Slow Start Right Up Ireland’s Alley
Although many Ireland fans have been frustrated by O’Neill’s tactics during the qualifying campaign, they’ll be more than happy for him to oversee a proper spoiling job in Denmark.
With their own injury concerns going forward, Ireland surely must keep things tight and not allow Denmark to build up a head of steam.
It would be no surprise to see Ireland slowing the tempo of the game down at every opportunity even in the early stages which makes a bet on the first goal being scored after 33 minutes look well worth taking at evens with Paddy Power.
Another way of profiting from a slow start is by backing the 0-0 half time score at 6/4 with William Hill. You can also bet against a goal being scored in both halves at 5/7 with 888Sport.
Top Betting Offers
Draw/Ireland double chance at 117/100 with Sportingbet
Under 2.5 goals at 4/7 with Unibet
First goal to be scored after 33 minutes at evens with Paddy Power
0-0 half time score at 6/4 with William Hill
Goal not to be scored in both halves at 5/7 with 888Sport