Kick-off: 1945, 11/09/2018
Stadium: Stadion Miejski
TV: Sky Sports
Martin O’Neill will take a depleted Republic of Ireland squad to Poland for Tuesday’s international friendly and we fear more misery for the men in green.
Robert Lewandowski is poised to celebrate his 100th international cap for the hosts, who will be keen to make the occasion even more memorable with a win.
Punters can get 8/5 for the Eagles to prevail by more than one clear goal and that is our main Poland vs Republic of Ireland prediction.
A Look At Poland’s Betting Odds
Poland were bitterly disappointing at Russia 2018, losing to Senegal and Colombia before gaining a consolation victory over Japan.
However, new manager Jerzy Brzeczek will have been buoyed by a creditable 1-1 draw with Italy in Friday’s Nations League encounter in Bologna.
Piotr Zielinski put the visitors ahead, with Jorginho’s 78th-minute penalty salvaging a draw for the Azzurri.
This is a solid squad featuring eight players on the books of Serie A clubs, plus Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny competes with West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski for the number one jersey, while much of Poland’s build-up play comes through the midfield partnership of Zielinski and Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Looking at the Poland vs Republic of Ireland odds, we reckon 27/20 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time is fair value.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland’s injury problems proved too much to overcome as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat in their Nations League opener in Wales, with Shaun Williams netting a consolation goal.
For a variety of reasons, O’Neill was without Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, James McClean, Shane Long, Declan Rice and Harry Arter.
With John Walters, Scott Hogan and Sean Maguire also injured, only Preston duo Graham Burke and Callum Robinson, Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien and Under-21 international Ronan Curtis are available up front.
O’Neill knows that speculation is mounting over his future, though, so that could force him to at least try and adopt a positive approach, making an away goal possible.
Let’s add 13/1 for a 3-1 home victory to our Poland vs Republic of Ireland betting tips.
Italy 1-1 POLAND – Piotr Zielinski
Wales 4-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Shaun Williams
Head-to-head: Poland 2-1 Rep of Ire, Rep of Ire 1-1 Poland, Poland 0-0 Rep of Ire, Rep of Ire 2-0 Poland, Rep of Ire 2-3 Poland
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