Poland v Republic of Ireland tips – Republic heading for play-offs

Republic heading for play-offs

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Betting Tip: Poland @ 1/1 with skybet

Never mind boring international break. Thursday’s drama at the Aviva Stadium and Hampden Park means that there is a great deal hinging on what happens at Stadion Narodowy on Sunday night.

The Republic of Ireland can qualify automatically with a win or a high-scoring draw (2-2 or bigger), something that was unimaginable before the boys in green somehow contrived to beat a Germany side still boasting the moniker of world champions.

There are sure to be plenty of backers of the 7/2 (William Hill) that the Irish follow up that famous win with victory in this match, although they might be feeling the pinch after ninety minutes of mainly defending and chasing after German players in Dublin.

Martin O’Neill will call upon his side to throw everything into this final group game in the hope that the Republic can avoid the lottery of the play-offs, although Poland actually look a decent bet at even money.

Aside from a 2-2 draw against Scotland, the Poles have won all their home matches and that includes a 2-0 victory against Germany. In addition, they boast the best striker in the world right now, with Robert Lewandowski’s brace at Hampden Park bringing his latest tally to fourteen in five games.

Poland aren’t a one-man team, with Jakub Błaszczykowski probably the most talented midfielder and they played pretty well against the Scots on Thursday, carving out several chances before nearly throwing it away.

Ireland will once again be brave, looking to defend manfully and hope to make the most of opportunities that come their way at the other end. But Poland will be looking to close this match out and the superior quality should tell over ninety minutes.

Betting Tip: Poland @ 1/1 with skybet

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