The Republic of Ireland are looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 2002 on Saturday, travelling to Copenhagen to face Denmark.
The Danes, who have failed to make the cut at the last two major championships, will offer fierce opposition, however, and with only one ticket to Russia up for grabs, both sides will look to take away a crucial first leg advantage.
Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland will be without the banned David Meyler and his fellow midfielder James McCarthy, who withdrew from the match due to a hamstring injury.
This will likely leave Glenn Whelan with the daunting task of containing Denmark’s world class playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen is a potent threat for Denmark and keeping the Tottenham man quiet is key for Irish hopes.