Republic of Ireland v Bosnia tips – expect a tense encounter at Aviva

Expect a tense encounter at Aviva

Under 1.5 Goals

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Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 3/2 with ladbrokes

Despite conceding a late equaliser after Robbie Brady had opened the scoring in Zenica, the Republic of Ireland will have been delighted to claim a 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday night.

The result means that a goalless draw tonight would be enough for Martin O’Neill’s team to join England, Wales and Northern Ireland next summer in France, with the boys in green tough cookies at the Aviva Stadium.

Having recently beaten Germany at home, there will be plenty of confidence that they can get the job done against the Bosnians, although it’s a tough game to call and the visitors have the attacking weaponry to still go through.

Ultimately, we’re expecting no quarter to be given from the home side. Keep a clean sheet and they qualify for Euro 2016. As the game wears on with no goal being scored, that will register more in the minds of the Republic who will be keen to shut up shop.

Unsurprisingly, Under 2.5 Goals is a heavy odds-on shot, although we’re even tempted to plump for one goal or less being scored. John O’Shea should be back available in defence, with Shane Long returning from suspension to potentially lead the line.

“The tie is finely balanced and we have to go for the win,” O’Neill said.

“That has to be the mindset because Bosnia are more than capable of scoring. If we went out with any other mindset, things might not work out for us.

“I think if you said at the start that we had to win our final game at the Aviva Stadium to qualify for France, we would have taken that.

“It would be a big boost for the country if we could qualify.

“The crowd will get behind us and, if we can get the atmosphere we had against Germany, that would serve us greatly.”

Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 3/2 with ladbrokes

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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