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Republic of Ireland v Switzerland Betting Preview: Ireland to hold Swiss in Dublin

posted by David Nugent
Republic of Ireland v Switzerland Betting Preview: Ireland to hold Swiss in Dublin

Two of the European Championship finalists take part a friendly game in Dublin, as the Republic of Ireland hosts Switzerland.

Republic of Ireland v Switzerland

International Friendly

Kick-off 19:45

Live on Premier Sports / Premier Sports HD

The Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill will use this game and Tuesday’s game against Slovakia to assess his squad options with Euro 2016 just a few months away. The Irish sealed their spot in France by beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 on aggregate in a play-off.

The Irish have suffered just one defeat in their last ten outings and are unbeaten in nine home games as well. However that record will be tested by an up-and-coming Swiss side. O’Neill’s side can be backed at odds of 19/10 with Bet365 to get the better of the visitors.

The home side could be looking to Southampton striker Shane Long to provide their threat in attack and the Saints forward is odds of 13/5 with Boylesports to score at any point during this game.

Switzerland travels to Ireland having finished second in their Euro 2016 qualification group behind England. Vladimir Petkovic’s side are highly-rated and are currently 12th in the world ranking, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner all plying their trade in top European leagues.

The Swiss have suffered just two defeats in their last 13 outings, which have both came away from home, one in England and one in Slovakia. Their recent form has been good as well, as Petkovic’s team have won five out of their last six outings.

The visitors will fancy their chances of a win, but Ireland are no pushovers, especially at home. A Swiss win can be backed at odds of 7/4 at Totesport.

With both sides in decent form the draw may just be a tempting bet and it is available at odds of 21/10 at Bet365.

Big Tip

I have to say I fancy the draw in this game and I cannot see their being many goals, so my big tip is to back the draw at under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 5/2 with Betfair.

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