John O’Shea on Repbulic of Ireland v Denmark play-off

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John O'Shea on Repbulic of Ireland v Denmark play-off

The first leg will take place in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on Saturday night before the return in Dublin, with an in-form Eriksen hoping to make it a third global tournament of his career, after getting to the 2010 World Cup squad as an 18-year-old and then playing in the European Championships two years later.

A 1-0 victory over Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium last month saw Ireland climb above their opponents and into second spot in Group D. It was a fantastic victory that rounded off a campaign in which Martin O’Neill’s men were nearly undone by their penchant for draws: although the Irish only lost one of their 10 games, a 1-0 home defeat by group winners Serbia, ties with Wales, Austria, Georgia and Serbia nearly knocked them out of the running. I’ve been in this job for three years competitively speaking and we have played a lot of games, 24 in qualifying, a lot of teams, and I think there is a general pattern to all sides.

“The Irish teams that I have played against have very good spirit”, he said.

“They stick to what they have as their plan, their plan so far has been fighting and going for the counter”. If they do then there will be more space for the other players that we have to show the quality that they possess and we can take advantage of that.

Ireland must make do without David Meyler, who is serving a one-match ban, while James McCarthy is out with a hamstring problem.

Both sides have an identical record in the six games played in Denmark, both winning two (D2).

Republic of Ireland travel to Denmark this weekend for the first leg of their crucial 2018 World Cup qualification tie, with a place in Russian Federation next summer on the line.

I’m actually quite surprised by Denmark being odds-on for this first leg. “I don’t know if Ireland will do it”.

Can Ireland recreate their heroics against Wales (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)When is the first leg of Denmark vs Republic of Ireland?

Christian Eriksen is obviously the big threat but, while I can’t say I’m his biggest fan, James McClean seems to have carved a role out for himself as their away day hero.

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