Tuesday 15 October: 7.45pm KO
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The Republic of Ireland top Group D in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and are still unbeaten. However, their hopes of reaching the finals next year are nowhere near being confirmed. Another draw at the weekend leaves them in danger of being passed by both Denmark and Switzerland and missing out altogether. This is a game they just cannot afford to lose.
Ireland lead Group D from Denmark by the tightest of margins. Only the fact they scored in their away fixture against the Danes puts them in top sport with both on 12 points. The top two are four points clear of Switzerland but they have a game in hand. Ireland are 9/2 (5.5) at Ladbrokes to win this group.
They have just the two fixtures remaining but after playing this game, their final one is a crunch home match against Denmark. With the Swiss also playing the bottom two in the group and Denmark having a home game against Gibraltar, the pressure is on Ireland. A win in Switzerland though would cure those problems and clinch qualification. It’s 6/1 (7.0) at Coral that they can win this match.
I Even a draw isn’t too bad a result, unless it was followed by a home loss to Denmark. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw so a goal for Ireland in Switzerland is important just in case they finish level on points with them after eight games. BetVictor will give you odds of 19/20 (1.95) that Ireland score a goal in this game.
Scoring is still a major issue with the Irish. They have only scored six goals in this group and half of those came against Gibraltar. If you want to place a wager on this game, go to the Betbull website for something a little bit different.
Switzerland will be kicking themselves that they are four points adrift of the top two. They do at least have a play-off to look forward to if they don’t clinch automatic qualification. Switzerland probably still have nightmares over the 3-0 home lead they gave away against Denmark. They also led away in Dublin but only came away with a point. The odds on them winning this group are 2/1 (3.0) if you go to Betway.
Their qualification hopes took a dive when losing away to Denmark on Saturday. They can be backed at odds of 4/7 (1.57) at SkyBet to bounce back with a win over Ireland.
Ireland are unbeaten in their last four games against Switzerland. Each of the last five games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. A bet on under 2.5 goals being scored in this game looks a good one to make. Every one of Ireland’s six matches in this group have seen that stat come up. You can get 6/10 (1.6) at Betfair on that stat coming up on Tuesday evening.
Ireland need goals but will be without David McGoldrick for this vital qualifier. James Collins, who played in the goalless draw with Georgia on Saturday is again likely to play. He’s 4/1 (5.0) at William Hill to score in this match.
A win for Ireland seals qualification for the finals. They have only won three games in this group, all against Georgia and Gibraltar. Switzerland have four points from their two home games and a bet on them winning with under 2.5 goals scored is 21/19 (3.1) at BoyleSports.