All about Den­mark...

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

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


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

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