Odds: Georgia 4/1, Draw 12/5, Ireland 3/4
Kick Off: 1700, 02/09/2017
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland are joint-top of their World Cup qualifying group ahead of Saturday’s trip to Georgia and the omens look good for another positive result in Tbilisi.
The men in green have come out on top in all eight previous meetings with this weekend’s opponents, including a 1-0 Dublin victory back in October.
A similarly close encounter could be on the cards but we’re on the visitors to prevail again at 3/4 in our Georgia vs Ireland betting predictions.
A Look At Georgia’s Betting Odds
Chances were few and far between when Georgia visited Aviva Stadium but Levan Mchedlidze did head against the bar and Guram Kashia hit a post.
That is the only time Georgia have failed to hit the back of the net in six qualifiers, with two draws against Moldova and a 1-1 stalemate versus Wales in Cardiff the pick of their results.
Although the hosts lack quality up front, they do have players who can get forward from midfield, with Spartak Moscow star Jano Ananidze compared to Georgi Kinkladze.
With Georgia having put five goals past Latvia in a March friendly, we like 5/4 for both teams to score in our Georgia vs Ireland betting tips.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Republic of Ireland made a great start to their Group D campaign, drawing 2-2 in Serbia before claiming a hat-trick of victories.
However, back-to-back home draws against Wales and Austria have put a little bit of pressure on Martin O’Neill’s men to secure maximum points from this fixture.
Burnley full-back Stephen Ward said: “There are still four teams in there who will feel that they’ve got a good chance of qualifying, so any slip-up from us will give teams a chance to capitalise. All we can do is concentrate on our own job.
“We’d prefer to be in this position than chasing behind. We have got the points on the board at the minute. We need to keep doing what we’re doing, play with that confidence that we’ve been playing with.”
Everton’s James McCarthy and Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick will be missing in midfield while striker Jonathan Walters is also a concern.
However, there is still plenty of attacking talent in this squad, with the likes of Aiden McGeady and James McClean capable of setting up proven marksman Shane Long.
Three previous trips to Tbilisi have ended in 2-1 wins and 31/4 for a repeat of that scoreline appeals from the Georgia vs Ireland odds.
Moldova 2-2 GEORGIA – Giorgi Merebashvili, Valeri Qazaishvili
IRELAND 1-1 Austria – Jon Walters
Head-to-head: Ireland 1-0 Georgia, Ireland 1-0 Georgia, Georgia 1-2 Ireland, Ireland 4-0 Georgia, Ireland 2-1 Georgia, Georgia 1-2 Ireland.
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