The match between Republic of Ireland and Greece on Friday, October 13, will be crucial in how the competition in UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group B pans out. The match in Dublin is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 pm local time.
For the Republic of Ireland, anything but a win means that their chances of qualifying for the upcoming Euros are gone. Greece, meanwhile, are tied on points with second-placed Netherlands and could qualify for their first major tournament since the FIFA World Cup 2014. We will reflect on the importance of the match as well as the teams’ recent form in our Republic of Ireland vs Greece tips.
Both teams to score? Yes
The pressure has never been this high on Stephen Kenny because anything but the full three points on Friday may mean the end to his spell at Republic of Ireland coach. The Irishmen’s only win so far came in the game against Gibraltar, one of the worst teams in Europe.
So, we expect the Boys in Green to go all out from the very first minutes against Greece, especially since they are playing at home. While the Republic of Ireland could not score past France or the Netherlands, they did score in the 2-1 loss to Greece in Athens back in March. With Adam Idah and Evan Ferguson both in top form at the moment, the home side should get on the scoresheet again.
At the same time, we expect the visitors to score too because the Republic of Ireland will inevitably leave free spaces behind. With seven conceded goals in five games, their defensive record is far from perfect. For these reasons, we expect both teams to score, with Bet365 offering 2.20 odds on this event.
Over 2.5 goals
Building up on the previous part of our Republic of Ireland vs Greece tips, we expect at least three goals in the game. Bet365’s odds on over 2.5 goals stand at an attractive 2.60.
Because Ireland needs the win this much, an attacking approach from Kenny’s men seems reasonable. We should mention that the visitors do not have the most reliable defence either, conceding five goals in five matches so far. They kept two clean sheets, but both came against Gibraltar.
Greece may decide to park the bus but they will certainly not shun away from launching counter attacks from time to time. The win is important for them too, because they still need to overtake the Netherlands – who will be playing France at the same time – in the group standings.
So, while a high-scoring game does not look typical for the two teams, it may be exactly what happens. To go back to the match between Ireland and Greece from March this year, there were three goals scored there too.
Over 10 corners
Since we expect a game with a high number of scoring chances, this should also increase the number of corner kicks. Bet365 offers 2.25 odds on over 10 corners, and here is our reasoning why this may be a winning bet.
Most likely, the Republic of Ireland will control the ball for the most part, but due to their playing style, they will look to create danger through crosses and long balls inside the area, not through the middle. This, in turn, should cause a big number of corner kicks after clearances from defenders or blocked shots.
And to top it off, there were 15 corner kicks in the previous match between the two sides. The only difference this time will be that Ireland will attack more while Greece will be forced to defend.
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