Kick-off: 1700, 23/03/2019
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland get the chance to kick off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a comfortable win when visiting Gibraltar this weekend.
The men in green prevailed 7-0 at home and 4-0 away when these teams met in this tournament last time around and another one-sided affair is expected.
Punters can get 21/20 for the favourites to oblige by more than three clear goals again and that is our opening Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland prediction.
A Look At Gibraltar’s Betting Odds
Gibraltar predictably failed to pick up a point in that pool four years ago, conceding 56 goals in 10 straight defeats and scoring only twice themselves.
It was a similar story in World Cup qualifying, letting in 47 goals in the same number of consecutive losses, with just three in the plus column.
Dropping down in class to a Nations League D division did offer some respite, with new head coach Julio Cesar Ribas enjoying a couple of wins over Liechtenstein.
This team, made up mainly of local part-timers and non-league players based in England, still went down 6-0 at home to Armenia, though, and lost 2-0 to Macedonia here.
Looking at the Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland odds, we like 19/4 for a 4-0 away victory on this occasion.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland reached Euro 2016 via the play-offs but then missed out on taking part in last summer’s World Cup via the same system, so they should be hungry to do well.
The Nations League did not go well, with a couple of goalless draws against Denmark coming alongside two losses to Wales.
That prompted the departure of Martin O’Neill and now Mick McCarthy must look to recapture the success of his first spell in charge between 1996 and 2002.
McCarthy faces the challenge of finding a forward player to fill Robbie Keane’s boots, with the country’s record scorer now part of his coaching staff.
Injuries to Shane Long and Jon Walters have left four strikers available with just 14 caps and only one international goal between them.
However, David McGoldrick has done well for Sheffield United this term and Sean Maguire has been in fair form for Preston recently.
Aiden O’Brien scored for Millwall against Brighton in the FA Cup and Luton’s James Collins is the leading marksman in League One with 20 goals, so they should be good enough to get the job done here.
Let’s add 14/5 for the visitors to be 2-0 ahead at half-time to our Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland betting tips.
Macedonia 4-0 GIBRALTAR
Denmark 0-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Head-to-head: Gibraltar 0-4 Ireland, Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar
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