Nations League | Scotland and Republic of Ireland in action | Preview and Odds

The Republic of Ireland head to Denmark in a doom and gloom mood – relegated from Nations League group B with a game to spare and now third seeds for Euro 2020 qualification.

Denmark on the other hand have topped the group already and go into this one without any pressure.

Elsewhere in group C1, Scotland host Israel in the final match of the group, with both teams able to top the group should they win.

Our football expert gives his thoughts ahead of the games.

Great Danes out to punish sorry Republic

Denmark are unbeaten in their last four, and have already defeated Wales twice while battling to a stalemate in Dublin.

They are missing influential midfielder Christian Eriksen but will have confidence that they can heap the pressure on Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

They overcame Wales in Cardiff at the weekend with goals from Nicolai Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite, and they have quality going forward that the Irish must be wary of.

Åge Hareide’s side are favourites for tonight with at 1/2.

The Irish haven’t won under Martin O’Neill since a friendly against USA in June, and it’s hard to see where this team can go from here.

Gone are the likes of record goalscorer Robbie Keane, and the once formidable side look devoid of quality.

That said, players such as James McLean, Robbie Brady and Seamus Coleman are still capable of dragging the men in green over the line when it’s needed most.

They still head into this one as underdogs and can be backed at 13/2.

I cannot see past the Danes for this one. Even without Eriksen, they have dangerous players going forward and have only conceded one in three games against Ireland and Denmark.

The Irish find themselves in a tricky situation under O’Neill – they don’t create too many, and often their best hope is keeping it tight at the back.

I don’t see there being too many goals in this one, and under 2.5 goals at 9/2 could be a good option. I think Denmark will sneak this one, and they are 5/1 to win 2-0.

Scottish momentum building at perfect time

After seven call-offs before their game against Albania, Alex McLeish would have feared the worst heading to Tirana on Saturday.

However, a five star performance saw the Scots hit Albania for four without reply, with goals from Ryan Fraser, Steven Fletcher and a James Forrest double securing all three points.

While Scotland’s Group C campaign hasn’t been perfect, they can now top the group in their final match against the Israelis.

The Scots are 8/11 favourites to see off Israel in front of their home crowd at Hampden tomorrow evening.

Israel out to inflict second Scottish defeat

Israel outclassed Scotland in Haifa last month and were good for their 2-1 win – they will hope for a similar result in Glasgow tomorrow night.

Andreas Herzog’s side only need a point to ensure they top the group at the expense of the Scots.

The Israeli’s saw off group whipping boys Albania after their win over Scotland, and in Tomer Hemed and Moanes Dabour they have genuine quality up front.

They are 7/2 to beat the Scots and break Tartan Army hearts in their own back yard.

This game has come at a good time for Scotland. Although Israel are on a good run, the Scots looked good against Albania and will hope they have enough in front of their own fans to beat Israel.

It is likely to be a tight affair, but I am going for Scotland to shade it. Steven Fletcher to score first at 4/1 is a good price given he’s on penalties.




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