Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar tips – floodgates set to open in Dublin
Gibraltar were humbled against Poland and it will be a similar story against the Republic
October 9th, 2014
Another European mismatch is scheduled for Saturday night at the Aviva Stadium, with Gibraltar looking to keep the scoreline down when they face a Republic of Ireland team who beat Georgia in their opening match.
The visitors are the smallest UEFA nation in terms of population and the team is comprised mainly of players who reside on the island, with the team’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier resulting in a 7-0 reverse at the hands of Poland.
Betfair offer 66/1 that Gibraltar pull off an almighty upset by winning in Dublin although this is a match which the Irish should win at a canter, with William Hill going a best price 1/50 about a victory for Martin O’Neill’s team.
Captain Robbie Keane will earn his 136th cap and the LA Galaxy has a great chance to add to his tally of 62 goals before hanging up his boots.
O’Neill is naturally looking ahead to Tuesday’s match in Germany where the boys in green will have been encouraged by Scotland coming very close to landing a point in that particular qualifier.
However, the manager has banned any talk of the Germans and will want a professional and comprehensive performance on Saturday.
“I have been there at Celtic in the SPL, where the expectation is that you will swamp all over teams early in the matches,” he explained.
“When the early goal doesn’t come, it can transmit itself to players.
“But I have enough experience in that field to be hopefully able to cope with those situations.
“If we don’t get an early one, we have to be patient.”
Aiden McGeady and Glenn Whelan are experienced heads in the midfield department, while the likes of James McClean and Robbie Brady can provide the trickery that will potentially help Ireland break the deadlock.
888sport offer 7/1 about the match ending 5-0 for the home team and that looks about right considering that Ireland aren’t blessed with a striker like Robert Lewandowski who contributed greatly to the Polish success.
Republic of Ireland to win 5-0 @ 7/1 with 888sport