By Danny Wright
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has highlighted Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as a “big threat” ahead of Denmark’s World Cup qualifier play-off against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday night and has backed the playmaker to bag the first goal.
The two sides meet in Copenhagen in the first-leg of their play-off games, with the winner’s prize being a trip to Russia for next summer’s World Cup.
Former Arsenal player Nicholas believes that Martin O’Neill will set up his Ireland side to restrict the amount of chances that the Danes can make and has also pointed out the importance of West Brom’s James McClean in the clash that he has predicted will end 1-1.
“Ireland are going to park the bus, be compact at the back, play Daryl Murphy up front alone and attempt to play of the counter-attack as Denmark get desperate to establish a first-leg lead,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“Christian Eriksen is obviously the big threat but, while I can’t say I’m his biggest fan, James McClean seems to have carved a role out for himself as their away day hero.”
Eriksen, 25, has been in sensational form for Tottenham this season and has played a large role in their rise to the top in the past few seasons.
The 73-times Denmark international has scored seven goals in his nation’s World Cup qualifying campaign so far as they came runners-up to Poland in their group.
The Danes failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but Eriksen already has experience of the competition having taken part in South Africa in 2010 when he was the youngest player in participation.
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