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Ireland: Struggling for Points
On the back of an eight-match unbeaten streak, Ireland kicked off their Nations League campaign with two defeats in a row against Armenia and Ukraine. On top of that, they failed to find the back of the net in both games and will need to step up their game for the remaining games of this international break.
Manager Stephen Kenny doesn’t appear to take criticism well, being under huge pressure ahead of this crucial home game against Scotland. We expect Ireland to leave their hearts on the pitch and play for their country and coach, but we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays given their lack of confidence and injury issues.
Ireland are hopeful that Seamus Coleman could recover from a groin injury in time to feature in this contest. John Egan is also a fitness doubt after coming off against Ukraine, leaving O’Shea in line to take his spot in the back three. This might be Kenny’s last game in charge of the national team. He only won five and lost 10 of his 24 games as Ireland’s coach and a third defeat in a row won’t surprise us.
It’s important to note that they lost to a Ukraine side who rested all their star players. On top of that, the first defeat of their campaign came against Armenia, who are sitting 92nd in the FIFA rankings. That says enough of Ireland’s morale and lack of quality in all departments.
Scotland: Bounce Back
Scotland have collected three wins and a draw from their last four games on their travels. Victories over Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova were followed by a draw in the second fixture in Austria. The disappointment of failing to qualify for the World Cup still lingers for Steve Clarke’s side, but they returned to winning ways on Wednesday, beating Armenia 2-0 on home soil and dominating the match from the first till the last whistle.
Anthony Ralston and Scott McKenna both found the back of the net, netting their first goals for their country to help end a three-match winless streak across all competitions. If they are to challenge Ukraine at the top of the group, they really must be going to the Aviva Stadium and winning the three points.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay should be recalled to the starting lineup while Southampton striker Che Adams is widely expected to lead the attacking line for the visiting team. Aaron Hickey is fighting Andrew Robertson for a place at left wing-back, but Nathan Patterson will remain on the bench after his return from an ankle injury. It’s a bit crazy to see Scotland enter this clash as underdogs so if you’re betting online, this is the perfect match when you must fade the favorites.
Ireland vs Scotland Head-to-Head
The head-to-head record between these nations is perfectly split, with both winning four times each in their 10 mutual encounters. A Scottish victory would be significant as they haven’t won in Dublin since a 2-1 success back in 2000. Ireland have produced a maximum of two goals in each of their last five games. Scotland, meanwhile, have gone under 2½ goals in three of their last five matches. In the Euro 2016 campaign, Scotland had the upper hand with a 1-1 draw in Dublin and a 1-0 win at Parkhead, but it was the Irish who qualified.
Ireland vs Scotland Game Information
- Game: Ireland (0-0-2) vs Scotland (1-0-0)
- Location: Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)
- Day/Time: Saturday, Noon ET
- Ireland vs Scotland Live Stream: fubo.tv
Ireland vs Scotland Betting Lines
|Rep. of Ireland||pk -120||+175||2-120o||½-230o
Ireland vs Scotland Predictions
Ireland enter this clash as slight favorites at +175 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at two.
Scotland are deadly on set pieces and they are always trying to target corners and free kicks in order to show their amazing abilities. Ireland will hope to have a change of fortunes at some stage, but the game against Scotland might come too soon for the Green Army.
Scotland look stronger on paper, but exhausted and tired players understandably do not perform at the level at which they are capable. That’s why we are not going with a straight win for our official pick, but we are backing them with PK. In terms of goals, we expect this match to stay under.