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Danish Paper Rates Denmark Starting XI Vs Ireland Starting XI

Danish Paper Rates Denmark Starting XI Vs Ireland Starting XI
By PJ Browne Updated

Avoiding Sweden seemed to be the main Danish wish going into the World Cup playoff draw. After that, they didn't seem to mind which of the Republic, Northern Ireland or Greece they got in the draw.

Wish granted, Denmark and Ireland face-off tonight in the first leg of their tie. According to Danish paper Ekstra Bladet, the Danes match up well against Martin O'Neill's side.

Rating the two starting XIs ahead of tonight's game at the Parken Stadium, they have given their own side 46 out of 55, Ireland fare a little worse with 42.

There are just two positions on the pitch where the paper believes Ireland have the advantage: Harry Arter vs William Kvist and James McClean vs Yussuf Olsen.

They also have no doubt about who the best player on the pitch will be - Christian Eriksen gets a six out of five rating.

Here's how they rated the two sides:

Kasper Schmeichel - 5 vs Darren Randolph - 4

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Peter Ankersen 4 vs Cyrus Christie - 3

Simon Kjaer - 5 vs Shane Duffy - 5

Andreas Bjelland - 4 vs Ciaran Clark - 4

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Jens Stryger Larsen - 3 vs Stephen Ward - 3

Williams Kvist - 3 vs Harry Arter - 4

Thomas Delaney - 4 vs Robbie Brady - 4

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Christian Eriksen - 6 vs Jeff Hendrick - 3

Youssuf Poulsen - 4 vs James McClean - 5

Nicolai Jorgensen - 4 vs Shane Long - 3

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Pione Sisto 4 vs Daryl Murphy - 4

Another Danish paper, BT Sporten, has gone with a 'Now Ireland's World Cup dreams must be buried' headline today.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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