Kick-off: 1945, 10/09/2019
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in seven games following a spirited draw with Switzerland and get the nod to edge out Bulgaria in a Dublin friendly.
The visitors haven’t won in eight games after losing 4-0 to England at Wembley, although they had at least netted in their six previous fixtures.
Those records make 13/5 for a home victory and both teams to score a tempting Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria prediction.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland remain top of Euro 2020 Group D after a 1-1 stalemate with the Swiss left them on 11 points from five qualifiers.
Switzerland, ranked 11th in the world, had the better of the game and led through Fabian Schar’s fine 74th-minute strike, but David McGoldrick’s late header levelled things up.
Asked where the refusal to be beaten comes from, captain Seamus Coleman replied: “It’s just in us. I think it’s in the Irish people, it’s in the Irish fans and it’s in the Irish players.
“We don’t get things handed to us. Every one of us out there on the pitch has probably been rejected at some point in our career and you have to have something inside you to keep going.
“A lot of our lads out there have that. We’ve got great characters in our squad and that helps drive us on.”
McGoldrick and Sheffield United team-mate Callum Robinson are out of this game through injury, while Mick McCarthy added: “There are a few other bumps and bruises about the place.”
However, he will be keen to maintain the current momentum and 15/2 for a 2-1 home win appeals from the Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria odds.
A Look At Bulgaria’s Betting Odds
Bulgaria are bottom of Group A after being outclassed by England and are now on a three-match losing streak.
However, they were competitive in a 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic and a 3-2 reversal versus Kosovo in June.
Those setbacks came after four straight 1-1 draws, including trips to Cyprus and Kosovo, so this is not a side without spirit or ability.
Skipper Ivelin Popov has bagged 15 goals in 85 appearances for his country and shone for Krasnodar and Spartak Moscow before joining Rostov this year.
The visitors have scored three of their last four goals before the break, so 18/5 for both teams to net in the opening period here is worth adding to our Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1-1 Switzerland – McGoldrick
England 4-0 BULGARIA
Head-to-head: Bulgaria 1-1 Ireland, Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria, Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria
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