Gibraltar v Ireland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 23/03/19
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Gibraltar vs Ireland and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Euro 2020 Qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Gibraltar v Ireland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 23/03/19
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: Victoria Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Football
Ireland will relish the chance to face a lowly ranked Gibraltar side on Saturday evening as they look to end a run of 6 games without a victory. They have Mick McCarthy back at the helm to help them in their quest to qualify for Euro 2020 and he should be able to get off to a great start in with this game.
Gibraltar have made great strides considering their stature within the game. They gained their first competitive away victory when they beat Armenia 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League. Since then things haven’t gone brilliantly, they were comprehensively beaten by Armenia in the reverse fixture and followed that performance with a 4-0 defeat away to Macedonia.
Derby defender Richard Keogh looks in line to start alongside Shane Duffy in central defence despite suffering a broken hand in club action last weekend.
Preston striker Sean Maguire will also hope to get the attacking nod from McCarthy which would see him win a fourth cap.
For Gibraltar Joseph Chipolina is out with injury so Ethan Britto will come in at left-back.
Head to Head
- These two sides have faced each other twice before with Ireland winning 4-0 and 7-0.
Possible Gibraltar Starting XI: Goldwin, Britto, R.Chipolina , Sergeant, Garcia, Hernandez, Barton, Walker, Coombes, Styche, Pons
Possible Republic of Ireland Starting XI: Randolph, Doherty, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens, McClean, Arter, Hourihane, Brady, Hendrick, McGoldrick
- Gibraltar 60/1
- Draw 20/1
- Republic of Ireland 1/25
Most of the time when a team plays at home it is seen as an advantage for them; however this doesn’t seem to be the case for Gibraltar. They have conceded 31 goals across their last 8 competitive home matches and I think they’ll be adding to that tally come Saturday evening.
Much has been made of Ireland not being fluent in front of goal but they surely can’t draw a blank in this game. McCarthy has spoken already about wanting his players to pass the ball forward and attack in a more positive way. Ireland definitely do have enough firepower in this match to get a good win and they’ll probably look to Striker David McGoldrick to help knit their attack together. McGoldrick is better known for doing the leg work for his club mate Billy Sharp but he has a good amount of composure and quality on the ball to expose a defence and he’s more than capable of finding the back of the net. He has 12 goals this season for his club and he is expected to start a competitive international for the first time at the age of 31. You can get 3/4 (Skybet) for McGoldrick to score and Ireland to win.
I do fancy Ireland to score plenty of goals in this one despite their recent blanks and I think Ireland to start -3 goals 6/5 (PaddyPower) is a good angle. The squad and the manager will be out to impress and put up a good result to start their Euro 2020 campaign and I don’t think there will be much let up in their approach to this game.
Another angle that I like is for Centre-Back Shane Duffy to score at any time during the match at 17/4 (Unibet). Duffy has 5 goals this season for his club and I think he’ll be involved plenty on Saturday with Gibraltar likely to concede possession which could lead to plenty of corners and they are also likely to commit plenty of fouls with the Irish being quicker and more talented. Hopefully the big man can be sent up to get on the end of a Robbie Brady set piece.