Republic of Ireland travel to Denmark on Saturday for the first leg of their World Cup play-off as underdogs with odds of 13/2 (Paddy power) to win tonight.
Ireland pipped Wales to second place in Group D with a final day victory in Cardiff and lost only once in qualifying.
They are not flashy and don’t score many goals, but Martin O’Neill has moulded them into a solid defensive unit that is difficult to break down.
While on paper Ireland got the play-off draw they wanted, the Danes are favourites for the first leg for a reason and possess a strong spine to their team in Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer and Christian Eriksen.
It would be naïve to expect a thrilling encounter here, however with the odds looking on the generous side I feel it’s worth taking a gamble on Republic sneaking a narrow win in Copenhagen.
Sam Hendry @shendrysport