Denmark, Italy favorites in UEFA World Cup qualifying matchups this week
The Republic of Ireland will be looking to shut down a Danish offense that has scored eight total goals over its past three dates on foreign soil when it hosts Denmark in the second leg of their World Cup European qualification playoff as a narrow +190 underdog.
The Boys in Green managed to hold the Danes to a scoreless draw in last Saturday’s first-leg clash as +359 underdogs, and have kept clean sheets in three straight qualifying contests going into Tuesday’s game at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Irish tallied a 2-0 win over Moldova as -1000 chalk in their last home qualifier, ending a three-match home winless streak. Overall, Ireland is 2-2-1 in five home dates during the current qualification cycle, and has shut out opponents on three occasions.
Denmark travels to Dublin as +175 chalk after dominating in Saturday’s contest. The Red and White controlled play with 67% possession but were unable to capitalize on 10 total shots toward the target to post their second straight draw in qualifying action.
The Danes’ current two-match winless streak started with a 1-1 draw against Romania as -208 chalk in early October, ending a 4-0-0 run in which they outgunned opponents by a 12-2 margin, and now own a 5-3-0 record in their past eight qualification contests.
The Red and White have also failed to record a win over Ireland since 1985, going 0-3-2 in five meetings across all competitions, while getting outscored by an 8-1 margin during that stretch.
In the other remaining European World Cup qualification matchup, Italy has its back to the wall as it hosts Sweden on Monday afternoon as a -195 favorite.
The Azzurri suffered a stunning 1-0 loss as +140 favorites in Stockholm on Friday, and will likely have to keep Sweden off the scoresheet in Monday’s contest to avoid failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Italy’s loss in Stockholm drops it to 2-2-1 in their past five overall, but the Azzurri remain unbeaten in eight straight home dates, and have outscored opponents by an 8-0 margin in three straight qualification wins on home turf.
The Swedes are pegged as long +650 underdogs on Monday, but with away goals counting double during the European qualification playoff, a single goal by Sweden could force Italy to go for broke on offense.
However, Sweden is goalless in two contests on Italian soil since suffering a 2-1 loss in Euro qualifying in 1987.
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