O'Neill sets sights on revenge

12 October 2018 12:07:43 EST

Martin O'Neill says the Republic of Ireland will be out for revenge in Saturday's Nations League clash with Denmark.

The pair met last year in the play-offs for a place at the World Cup and after a stalemate in Copenhagen, the Danes dominated in Dublin, securing their passage to Russia courtesy of a 5-1 win.

Christian Eriksen ran the game that night, scoring a hat-trick, but is expected to be absent on Saturday due to an abdominal injury.

It means a cagey match is likely and having lost their opening Nations League fixture 4-1 to Wales, the Republic will want to keep things tight and eke out a result.

We'd like to try to win the game if we can.

Martin O'Neill

The pain of that defeat last November clearly still irks O'Neill, who has confirmed he has a full squad to pick from.

A home victory will put all three nations on level terms in League B Group 4 ahead of Wales' visit to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday and the veteran coach is raring to go.

"Denmark, obviously, beat us convincingly about 11 months ago, so I think we would like to redress that if we can, naturally," O'Neill told reporters.

"This is part of the preliminary stages of the league itself, the Nations League as it's called, so three points up for grabs as well. We'd like to try to win the game if we can."

He added: "The players are in good form. We all trained today, Shane Long trained as well, and we're ready to go."

The Republic are 12/5 to win on Saturday, with the draw 21/10 and the Danes 29/20.

O'Neill's side are available at 12121/1 to top their pool.

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