Scotland vs Ireland 11/14/2014 Euro 2016 Qualifier Preview, Odds and Prediction
Ireland vs Scotland
Friday 14th November 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Scotland 13/10 Draw 9/4 Ireland 5/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5, ESPN3, RTE2
One of the games of the night on Friday will take place in Celtic Park in Glasgow. The Republid of Ireland take the short trip across the Irish Sea to take on their near neighbours Scotland. Both teams have had impressive starts to the campaign with the Republic sitting top of the table on seven points having won two and drawn with Germany in Germany. The scots gave the Germans a right scare in the opening game succumbing 2-1 to a late goal but putting in a terrific performance, they backed that performance up with a draw in Poland in a game they well and truly could have won. Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have done an excellant job with the Republic of Ireland since taking over from Giovanni Trapatonni, a young team built around a strong core have taken well to the new management team and this will be a key game in the Qualifying campaign. A result in Scotland would be massive for the Irish. A strong defence marshalled by John O'Shea (Sunderland) and Seamus Coleman (Everton) to go with a skillful and hard working midfield Darren Gibson and the scottish born Aiden Mcgeady (Scotland) will have their work cut out for them in Glasgow. McGeady is sure to take some stick from the home fans as a Scottish born player who declared for Ireland but this could well inspire the Everton midfielder who has been having a breakout season in the English Premier League. Ireland are still reliant on Robbie Keane up front though and the Los Angeles Galaxy striker doesnt really have the legs for International soccer anymore. Shane Long, Kevin Doyle , Anthony Stokes or Jonathon Walters will surely take over before the end of this campaign but current captain Keane will still have a significant role to play from the bench.
Scotland themselves have been impressive thus far, a really great performance in Germany was not rewarded with a result but a follow on performance in Poland was where the Scots battled hard and earned a 2-2 draw in a game they could easily have won. A strong midfield has been the key to Scotlands success with Celtic captain Scott Brown and West Brom midfielder James Morrison forming an excellent partnership. Anya on the wing and Fletcher (Sunderland) and Everton striker Naismith are forming an effective front three with Anya dropping back into the wing when not in possession to form a 4-4-2. Gordon Strachan has to be commended for turning things around here as Scotland were pretty hopeless before his appointment. This is also a huge game for the Scots who will be looking for a win that could take them above the Irish.
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What should be a terrific game in Scotland will be a passionate affair. These teams look well matched on paper and more than likely will balance each other out over the ninty minutes. At 9/4 I think the draw looks the value bet here and that is what I will be on.