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Judge and Ireland Targeting Victory Over Danes and Automatic Qualification
Monday, 18th Nov 2019 09:55

Alan Judge will hope to win his 10th Republic of Ireland cap and help to see his side to automatic qualification for Euro 2020 when they face Denmark in their final qualifier in Dublin this evening (Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm).

If Mick McCarthy’s side beat the Danes then they will qualify ahead of the Scandinavians, whose squad includes former Blues full-back Jonas Knudsen. If not, Ireland will go into March’s play-offs.

Judge, 31, who has scored one international goal, is determined to reach the finals having missed out four years ago due to the serious injury he suffered at Town while playing for Brentford.

"Obviously, what happened to me last time, I missed out on the Euros,” he said last week.

"To be this close now, it would be great to get there. If I play, I don't mind. To be honest I just want to get there.”

Judge seems most likely to be a substitute this evening, while ex-Blue David McGoldrick appears a certain starter and one-time Town reserves midfielder Conor Hourihane is also tipped for a place in the XI.

Meanwhile, former Blues defender Tyrone Mings and one-time Town academy schoolboy Nick Pope - who was winning his second full cap and making his first full international start - were in the England side which beat a Kosovo team featuring ex-Town loanee Bersant Celina 4-0 yesterday.

Photo: Claus Birch

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MaySixth added 10:25 - Nov 18
Come on Denmark.

Suffolkboy added 10:46 - Nov 18
MS ,that’s a bit churlish !Where’s your sense of sportsmanship ?Its a game we should all enjoy ,and not be continually expressing some sort of ‘resentment ‘ about : let’s move on positively and hope for a good contest played out in the right spirit !( OR maybe I’m of an older .out of touch generation ?) .
Whatever , COYB

kerryblue added 10:59 - Nov 18
Naturally being an Irishman I want my country to win this one but dont really hold out much hope.Last time we played Denmark at home we got well and truly walloped. Whats our record at the moment?Played 7 scored 6.McCarthy has continued his dire brand of football and even most Mick die hards cant wait to see the back of him.Mick Out .

slade1 added 11:04 - Nov 18
Am I missing the point here?
The article states….
'If Mick McCarthy’s side beat the Danes then they will qualify ahead of the Scandinavians'

Firstly The Swiss should beat Gibraltar giving them 17 points.
If Ireland win they finish on 15 points, the same as Denmark.
Denmark have a far better goal difference, so would finish 2nd in the group.
With the top 2 qualifying it would leave Ireland in 3rd

The only way Ireland could finish 2nd is if they beat Denmark 8-0 giving them the better goal difference.

As I said, am I missing the point?

PhilTWTD added 11:06 - Nov 18
Think head to head comes before goal difference and the game in Denmark was a draw.

slade1 added 11:07 - Nov 18
oh I see, so head to head comes before goal difference?

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 12:39 - Nov 18
Difficult this one for me. I want Ireland to do well, 'cos Judge is our player, but I also like Denmark. Oh well, may the best team win.

Barty added 13:10 - Nov 18
Maybe I am incorrect but a win would put them level on points with a much inferior goal difference unless Ireland win about 8-0 !! Can someone please enlighten me.

dubblue added 13:24 - Nov 18
rules are complicated but for teams on equal points it is decided on a head to head basis see rule #2


Barty added 13:42 - Nov 18
dubblue - thanks

dirtydingusmagee added 13:46 - Nov 18
cant see Danes losing personally .

Danishtractor added 15:34 - Nov 18
Denmark have not lost for 33 matches. Better not be tonight 😉

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