The Republic of Ireland host Denmark in the second leg of their World Cup 2018 play-off this evening and hold a slight advantage after a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.
The Irish are in pole position to qualify although a Denmark goal would change all that due to the away goals rule and that could well lead to a cagey affair in Dublin.
The impetus will be on the hosts to get forward and claim a lead but they have to keep it tight at the back as conceding first could be a killer blow to their chances of boarding the plane to Russia.
Marin O’Neill’s men did keep three clean sheets in five home games during the qualification campaign although Denmark only failed to score in one of their five away matches.
The Danes know they need to score but the situation isn’t desperate for them in this finely balanced tie and they may be happy to keep their hosts quiet in the early stages.
All of the play-off matches so far have been fairly cagey affairs, aside from Croatia against Greece, and I’m anticipating more of the same.
I expect Ireland to get that crucial goal at some point but the match may take a while to get going and the 1/1 on a 0-0 score at half-time is my top bet for this clash.
A 1-0 win for the ROI and a draw/home result in the half-time/full-time market also appeal, with both options available at 5/1.
There is also a tasty clash in the ATP World Tour Finals today as Roger Federer comes up against Alex Zverev, with both players winning their respective openers in London.
Zverev and Federer are tied at 2-2 in their head-to-head record on the ATP Tour but the young German actually leads 3-2 if you take a Hopman Cup clash into account.
Federer has the experience but Zverev’s record shows he can compete with the Swiss star and the 2/1 on a win for Zverev with a +2.5 game handicap looks a strong option.
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