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FORMATION (4-2-3-1): Coach Aage Hareide, a team-mate of Martin O’neill at Norwich City 34 years ago, used a 4-2-3-1 formation in 50% of Denmark’s qualifiers. In their last four matches it produced three wins and one draw, including a 4-0 rout of Group E winners Poland in Copenhagen when Christian Eriksen underlined his value with one goal and two assists. The 25-year-old Tottenham No. 10 was the fifthmost dangerous attacking player in the European qualifiers, contributing eight goals and three assists. But the former Ajax ace is one of TEN players who will carry a yellow card into the first leg. WHAT ELSE THEY GOT? Eriksen has licence to prompt and plunder thanks to the unheralded work be- hind him of William Kvist (FC Copenhagen) and Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen). In front of Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, the defence is led by captain Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), whose centre-back partner against Romania last week was Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen. Andreas Bjelland (John Egan’s colleague at Brentford), is an alternative, while another Brentford player, Henrik Dalsgaard, contends with Peter Ankersen (FC Copenhagen) for the right-back slot. Riza Durmisi (Real Betis) and Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese) are the left-back options. Eriksen was flanked in Denmark’s last two matches by speedsters Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) and Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo). Lone striker Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord) is back from a knee injury. Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg) and Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) provide alternatives.
Home P5 W3 D1 L1 F10 A3 Pts 10 Away P5 W3 D1 L1 F10 A5 Pts 10
PLAYERS SUSPENDED FOR Nov 11: None
A BOOKING AWAY FROM MISSING Nov 14: Ten of them - Kasper Schemichel, Simon Kjaer, Peter Ankersen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Andreas Cornelius.
HEAD TO HEAD Competitive Matches: P10 W3 D4 L3 F12 A15
Friendly Matches: P2 W2 D0 L0 F7A0