Republic of Ireland v Scotland tips – boys in green can get revenge

Republic can squeak vital Euro 2016 victory

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Betting Tip: Rep. of Ireland @ 7/5 with bet365

Quite simply, this is a match that the Republic of Ireland can ill afford to lose. Martin O’Neill’s team sit fourth in Group D after two wins, two draws and a defeat, the latter of which occurred in Glasgow against the Scots.

A late Shane Long equaliser against Poland more recently keeps the boys in green challenging for a qualifying spot, although defeat in this match would surely leave them with too much ground to cover, with Gordon Strachan targeting a positive result to keep his team in the ascendancy.

Player for player, there’s not a lot between the Republic and Scotland, although home advantage could swing things in the balance of Ireland. Daryl Murphy enjoyed a sensational season for Ipswich although he’s yet to score for his country and perhaps he can be the player to deliver the breakthrough in Dublin.

Everton’s James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady add a touch of class to the midfield department, while Seamus Coleman is another Toffee who can bomb forward and lend attacking support.

McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson and Wes Hoolahan are all back in the Republic squad after missing the Scotland defeat and O’Neill believes that can swing the balance back in his team’s favour.

“We feel as if we’re a stronger squad because of it – those players have great experience and that’s important in a game like this,” he said last night.

“We want to play well l under pressure, to throw the shackles off and play as strong as we can – if we can do that, we’ll win.

“We’ve got to apply some pressure, we’ve got to try and get on the front foot early in the game and establish some sort of foothold,” he said.

“If we could get ourselves going like we did against Poland and try to get the first goal rather than chasing things, that will give ourselves a chance.”

Scotland have two points more than their opponents and victory would signify a huge step towards Euro 2016, although Strachan’s team are short of attacking firepower and O’Neill will have noted how easily beaten they were by England last November.

Betting Tip: Rep. of Ireland @ 7/5 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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