Saturday 12 October: 2pm KO
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Ireland are in a good position as they bid to qualify for the 2020 European Championships. They top Group D and the ideal weekend for them would be a win in Georgia and a draw between Denmark and Switzerland. Those two teams are currently second and third in the group. Ireland take on a Georgia side that are fourth in the table. They have little chance of making it into the top two places that qualify teams automatically for the 2020 finals. However, as will be explained, all is not lost for them in this competition.
Ireland sit proudly at the top of Group D and have a two point lead over Denmark in second. Third spot is filled by Switzerland who are three points behind Ireland but have a game in hand. Ireland’s problem at present isn’t down to this competition but the UEFA Nations League. They had a poor time in that competition last season finishing bottom of their group behind Denmark and Wales.
That’s seen them relegated to League C but it also means that they won’t be in the play-offs for the Euro 2020 championships. To qualify therefore, they have to finish in the top two in this group as there is no safety net below them. You can get odds of 5/1 (6.0) at Bet365 on them winning Group D.
All of the top three teams in this group are currently unbeaten. Ireland have won three of their five fixtures with draws against Denmark and Switzerland. Their last qualifier was at home to the Swiss and Ireland had to come from behind to get a draw.
There haven’t been that many goals in Ireland’s matches. They kicked off with two 1-0 victories, including a 1-0 home win over Georgia. A sign of their lack of firepower is illustrated by the fact they only put three goals past Gibraltar in their two matches. Between them, Denmark and Switzerland have scored ten against them in two games. Getting the three points is the main target though and Ireland can be backed at 5/4 (2.25) at Unibet to win in Georgia on Saturday.
Only six goals have been scored by Ireland so far but just two conceded. Each of their qualifiers has seen under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 4/9 (1.440 at BetVictor that this stat comes up in Saturday’s game. The last four games between these two countries have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
Winning in Georgia is by no means a certainty for Ireland. Just ask Denmark who drew 0-0 away to them on September 8. That was an excellent result for the Irish as a win for the Danes would have taken them to the top of the group. If you think Ireland will also be held to a draw, Paddy Power will give you odds of 2/1 (3.0).
Georgia are fourth in the group and have only four points from their five games. That sees them five points behind second-placed Denmark. They have to win this game to have any chance of a top two finish. Like Ireland, they wouldn’t mind seeing Denmark draw with Switzerland this weekend. The odds on a win for Georgia are 23/10 (3.3) at Coral.
Back to the UEFA Nations League and good news for Georgia. They won their group in League D with 16 points from six games. Georgia finished ten points clear at the top and will be in the play-offs at the end of this season. In fact of the teams in this group, only Ireland and Gibraltar aren’t already assured play-off places.
Ireland have played ten previous games against Georgia, winning nine of them and drawing the other. The last visit to Georgia was in September 2017 and that was the occasion of the only draw. That game ended 1-1 and the odds on a draw on Saturday with both teams scoring are 4/1 (5.0) at Sportingbet.
Brighton defender Shane Duffy has been declared fit for this game. He’s joined in the squad by Aaron Connelly who scored twice for Brighton against Spurs last weekend. If you want to place a wager on this game at a site that gives you a unique experience, go to Betbull.
This is a key game for Ireland and they will want nothing less than three points from it. Their final two group games are away to Switzerland and home to Denmark, so not the easiest of finishes. They have a tight defence and their opponents have only scored in one of their three home games. A bet on Ireland to win and under 2.5 goals in the game has odds of 14/5 (3.8) if you place your bet at Ladbrokes.