By Danny Wright
Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes that Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen was left frustrated by his Denmark team-mates in the 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland last week.
The Danes failed to make a breakthrough against Martin O’Neill’s side during the first-leg of their World Cup qualifier play-off in Copenhagen, meaning that the Irish have home advantage for the second, decisive leg on Tuesday night.
Both sides will be gunning for their last remaining European spot in the World Cup in Russia next year and although Eriksen and co are supposed favourites, Nicholas believes that the luck will be with the Irish and has backed them to win 1-0 on the night.
“I had a glance at the odds and I was surprised to see Denmark favourites again. I fancied Ireland to get a result in Copenhagen and I think they can complete the job here,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“It is never easy to predict a 0-0 draw but what we could predict was Ireland would identify Christian Eriksen as the main threat and they did a fantastic job in neutralising him.”
“You could see Eriksen looking at his team-mates by the end wondering why they weren’t finding him in pockets of space, because that’s what he’s used to at Tottenham.”
Eriksen has been in stunning form for Tottenham this season where he has played fluidly with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks in recent weeks.
The former Ajax playmaker has made 15 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in the process.
Next up for Eriksen and his Spurs team-mates is a clash against Arsenal in the first North London derby of the season at the Emirates on Saturday.
He will no doubt be hoping to strike a better chemistry with his club team-mates, rather than his international ones for the occasion.
In other Tottenham news, Ryan Giggs has made a big claim about Spurs ahead of their clash with the Gunners.