Ireland v Northern Ireland Betting Tips & Predictions
We stay close to home with our Ireland v Northern Ireland Betting Tips. Despite being neighbours, Wednesday night’s friendly match will be only the 11th recorded meeting between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The pair face off live on Sky Sports at the Aviva Stadium from 7.45pm.
Both sides cross the white line seeking a much-needed win following a poor run of results. Each have just won one of their last half dozen outings; each coming in on the back of a defeat. The host nation lead the head-to-head stats 4-2 with four draws. However, will they continue to dominate, or can Norn Iron close the gap?
That’s a question football fans are looking forward to getting an answer to. So our team of betting experts are particularly excited as they have found a bet they think is well worth supporting.
ROI Lacking Confidence
Martin O’Neil leads his team into this tie with confidence low in the ranks. They have failed to win any of their last four starts, a run made up of two defeats and a couple of draws. They beat USA in a friendly back in the summer, nicking a 2-1 final score thanks to goals from Burke and Judge. The latter came on 90 minutes when a draw looked the most likely outcome. America had taken the lead that night, Wood netting on the stroke of half-time, and they’ll feel aggrieved not to have taken anything from the contest, other than a few harsh lessons.
That tight victory was followed by a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Wales in the UEFA Nations League at the Cardiff City Stadium. This was a hurtful score that kickstarted a poor period. Lawrence, Bale, Ramsey and Roberts were all amongst the goal scorers and the game was dead and buried when Williams knocked in a consolation for the beaten side. It was a stunning start for the victors who had Ryan Giggs in the dugout and fans will be hoping it’s only the beginning.
ROI steadied the ship with a couple of draws, firstly ending 1-1 with Poland on the road in a friendly match. They then hung on for a 0-0 at this venue when Denmark came calling in the Nations League in October. It was a match Ireland really needed to win. However, in the end, they were left frustrated by a lack of killer instinct in the final third. The final leg of that poor run was a 1-0 defeat at home to Wales last time. Wilson made the difference with a stunning free-kick.
Norn Iron Won Only One of Six
If things have been tough in the home dressing room, their opponents across the hall haven’t had it any better. Their last six matches show four defeats, one draw and a single victory. The spare positive in that run was a home friendly win over Israel in September when charging to an emphatic 3-0 result. Davis broke the deadlock that night and that advantage was enhanced thanks to Dallas and Whyte. It was a job well done and fans left Windsor Park with reason to be confident going forward.
Supporters were quickly brought back to earth with a thump when suffering back-to-back losses in the Nations League, firstly going down to Austria on their travels before Bosnia stuck the boot in on Northern Ireland’s most recent go. Arnautovic scored the winning goal at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in October to move his side second in Group B3. They left their opponents stuck at the foot of the pile with just a point to their name. The losing team had a glorious chance to equalise through Will Grigg, but his header cannoned back off the post and that was as close as they came.
Bosnia had no trouble keeping their opponents at the foot, easing to a 2-0 victory at Grbavica Stadium. Dzeko shone when scoring both goals to cap a real eye-catching performance. Northern Ireland are now in real trouble. Not only will they fail to qualify from a group that looked there for the taking before the start, but they are in real danger of being relegated; that would serve as a massive blow for the nation. All efforts will be concentrated on avoiding that fate and getting out of the pool with their dignity intact.
Home Win Favourite
Bookies have Republic of Ireland as favourite for the friendly win. However, they are far from convincing in their stance and have the locals priced at even money. That’s value if you rate their chances and it’s a price that’s sure to be popular with backers, especially those building midweek accumulators.
A draw can be had at Coral website and that’s the firm we advise betting with as they are all market best price at the time of asking.
Keep Your Scores Low
Flicking through the stats attached to this fixture and we find one team has failed to hit the net in each of the last two renewals – 5-0 Ireland 2011 and 1-0 Northern Ireland 1999. Going back further and that stat becomes stronger still. At least one of these nations have drawn a blank in eight of the 10 previous encounters and that’s worth following. Back no in the both to score field at 21/20.
Let’s stick with that when turning our attentions to recent results in a bid to solve the puzzle. Northern Ireland have failed to score in their last two outings, and in four of six. ROI have also failed to score in their last two and half of their last six. Keep your stakes low and try Ireland to win to nil at 10/11 available through Ladbrokes.
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