Kick-off: 1945, 26/03/2019
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland and Georgia are familiar foes, having met during qualifying for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The men in green enjoyed the better of things, picking up 10 points from those four encounters and prevailing 1-0 twice at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
We’re hoping that trend continues, as 9/2 for the exact same scoreline here is our opening Republic of Ireland vs Georgia prediction.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Mick McCarthy had to endure a more anxious return to international management than expected when Republic of Ireland kicked off this campaign with a 1-0 win away to Gibraltar – who are ranked 194th in the world.
Jeff Hendrick’s second-half goal clinched the three points, but Ireland struggled to cope with tricky conditions on an artificial pitch at a windswept Victoria Stadium.
“I’ve not enjoyed one single minute of it,” commented McCarthy. “Playing against a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain, it was a horrible game.
“It was a difficult surface, but no excuses, we’ve not played particularly well on it.”
After Ireland wasted several chances in the opening period, Darren Randolph had to pull off a fine reaction save to keep out defender Roy Chipolina’s header seconds after the restart.
But Burnley midfielder Hendrick then struck in the 49th minute after David McGoldrick had broken down the left and produced an inviting cross for him to convert.
It seems Ireland have struggled to find a cutting edge ever since Robbie Keane called time on his stellar career.
However, they are still a solid, hard-working outfit and 23/20 for a home win to nil stands out from the Republic of Ireland vs Georgia odds.
A Look At Georgia’s Betting Odds
Georgia found Switzerland too strong when going down 2-0 in their first Group D outing in Tbilisi.
After a goalless first half, Steven Zuber gave Switzerland the lead and Denis Zakaria’s goal 10 minutes from time made the win safe.
The Crusaders finished well adrift of Ireland when second from bottom of both recent qualifying groups they have been paired in, struggling to score on the road when visiting the better teams.
Vladimir Weiss enjoyed a drop in class when topping a Nations League D division featuring Kazakhstan, Latvia and Andorra, but is unlikely to find this company as conducive.
The visitors do not concede many goals either, though, so 3/1 for this to be a draw at half-time and then the hosts to win is worth adding to our Republic of Ireland vs Georgia betting tips.
Gibraltar 0-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Jeff Hendrick
GEORGIA 0-2 Switzerland
Head-to-head: Georgia 1-1 Ireland, Ireland 1-0 Georgia, Ireland 1-0 Georgia, Georgia 1-2 Ireland, Ireland 4-0 Georgia
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