Ireland push for the top spot in group D as they travel to Scotland on Friday. This specific group was deemed as one of death and extreme importance, but looking at it now, one would notice that it is wide open after the first three rounds. Scotland need the win after being on the same number of points as Germany and Ireland want to win to overcome Poland at the top of the table.
Chances are regardless of the results of this round the situation in the group won’t change much, but Scotland showed a different side of their team when they managed to hold Poland to a draw. It was pure bad luck that allowed Poland to earn the draw, but Ireland are the better squad at least on paper. The two teams have not met that many times in recent history and some punters seem to think home crowd can put their team up front. Goals are sure to be scored on both sides, which Ladbrokes lets you bet on at 2.15 odds.
Ireland won against Gibraltar, celebrated like they won some competition, then got the three points from the Georgia game and snatched a draw against Germany which let them believe they can claim the top spot, and still Ladbrokes gives them 9.00 to win the group. This match is first and foremost a rivalry, which is why we don’t think McGeady and McCarty will be received well by the Scottish public. Robbie Keane is the player to go at for the goals should you bet on Ireland, while Fletcher and Naismith are your picks from the Scotland camp.
Ireland remain unbeaten in group D, and once of the most popular bets in recent days has been a draw at 2.90 odds with Ladbrokes. Scotland are the favorites to win at 2.30 odds, and Ireland has 3.20 to win outright. Over 2.5 goals has 2.60 odds, and we’re betting 7 units on Steven Naismith to score anytime with 3.60 odds from Ladbrokes.
Scotland: Team’s Formation
Ireland: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Steven Naismith to score anytime