Eriksen happy to be marked man

10 November 2017 11:18:54 EST

Denmark's Christian Eriksen is confident he will not be affected if Republic of Ireland decide to man-mark him on Saturday.

The pair meet in Copenhagen in the first match of their two-legged tie for a place at next summer's World Cup in Russia.

Both teams finished second in competitive groups and will be looking to make up for lost time, with neither having made it to Brazil in 2014.

Denmark are 4/6 to win on Saturday, with the draw 5/2 and the Boys in Green 6/1 to triumph at Parken.

With the quality we have I think we could take advantage.

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham star Eriksen could well make the difference, with him appearing to be the standout player on either side.

This has led to suggestions that the Republic's manager Martin O'Neill could look to limit his threat by assigning one of his players to attempt to mark him out of the game.

The 25-year-old has seen it all before though but will need to be especially sharp on Saturday, with O'Neill's side having conceded just six goals in their 10 qualifiers.

However, Eriksen is confident he will not be hindered if provided with extra attention, especially as he feels it will give those around him additional space to thrive.

"I've been man-marked a few times in my career," said the Tottenham playmaker. "I don't know if Ireland will do it - I don't really mind if they do. It creates more space for other players.

"With the quality we have I think we could take advantage of that."

Denmark are 4/7 to qualify, with the Republic 11/8 to make it to Russia.

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